Some diets are skewed towards different sorts of complications, we’ve learnt that everything in moderation is the best way to go. But maybe next time you’re deciding whether to go out for Chinese, Mexican, greasy American, or Indian you should instead go find a Mediterranean place to eat.
A random study of 25,000 adults living in the Italian region of Molise chosen based on their history of cardiovascular disease, such as coronary artery disease and stroke. It’s already been proven that Mediterranean food is good for healthy people, but would it still benefit these people with existing problems?
“The Mediterranean diet is widely recognised as one of the healthier nutrition habits in the world,” said Professor Giovanni de Gaetano, head of the Department of Epidemiology and Prevention at the I.R.C.C.S. Neuromed Institute in Pozzilli, Italy. “In fact, many scientific studies have shown that a traditional Mediterranean lifestyle is associated with a lower risk of various chronic diseases and, more importantly, of death from any cause.”
“But so far research has focused on the general population, which is mainly composed of healthy people,” he added. “What happens to people who have already suffered from cardiovascular disease? Is the Mediterranean diet optimal for them too?”
The patients food intake was monitored and rated on a 9-point Mediterranean diet score (MDS). A 2-point increase in the MDS was associated with a 21% reduced risk of death after controlling all other aspects of the persons life.
The major contributors to mortality risk reduction were a higher consumption of vegetables, fish, fruits, nuts and monounsaturated fatty acids — that means olive oil
Professor de Gaetano said: “We found that among those with a higher adherence to the Mediterranean diet, death from any cause was reduced by 37% in comparison to those who poorly adhered to this dietary regime.”
But what part of the diet in particular reduced risk?
“The major contributors to mortality risk reduction were a higher consumption of vegetables, fish, fruits, nuts and monounsaturated fatty acids — that means olive oil,” said Dr Bonaccio.
You know, I could go for some Mediterranean, it’s been a while.