The Mediterranean diet is filled with fruits, vegetables, olive oils, nuts, beans and fish. It also includes less red and more white meats. I’ve heard a lot regarding the health benefits of such a diet. However, I was unaware that there is actually solid scientific evidence supporting the Mediterranean diet as a lifesaving intervention. This is demonstrated in the Lyon Diet Heart Study. It examined people who had already suffered a heart attack, and found that following a Mediterranean diet reduced subsequent heart attacks and deaths.
In April of this year, an article published in Emergency Physicians Monthly presented data revealing that the number of people that need to be on a Mediterranean diet for five years to prevent one death from heart disease is 30. Compare this to 100, which is the number of people that need to be on a cholesterol lowering statin drug for five years to achieve the same thing. Thus, this diet is at least three times more effective than a statin drug at preventing a heart disease related death. And that is without any medication side effects. Pretty amazing, isn’t it?
So, enjoy a mouthwatering Mediterranean diet. It is as good for your heart as it is for your palate. It really can be a delectable eating experience.