Fruits, vegetables and a handful of walnuts — The Mediterranean Diet is better than a low fat one

Tuesday Feb 26, 2013

The Mediterranean diet has long been touted as healthy. Now a study released Monday of the effects of a diet rich in olive oil, nuts, vegetables, fruits and fish confirms that…[the Mediterranean diet is the best one–better than a low fat diet].

The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, showed that the diet can reduce the risk of stroke and other cardiovascular diseases by 30 percent.

[T]he Mediterranean diet …was [better than an…] assigned a low-fat diet.


[O]ne of the diet’s main benefits is that it’s not only heart-healthy, but it also promotes a way of eating that people can follow for a lifetime rather than just a few months.

“You just have two fists of cooked vegetables per day; one fist – or the size of a tennis ball – serving of fruit each day,” he said. He advised people to make olive oil their primary choice of dietary oil and have about 12 nuts daily – preferably walnuts, because they are a source of the healthful omega-3 fatty acid.

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