Have you heard of the Mediterranean diet? It basically means a diet full of fruit, fish, chicken, beans, tomato sauce, salads, wine, and little baked goods and pastries... which all sounds amazing and healthy, right? This diet has been known as the "heart-healthy" diet, and now it's scientifically proven to be such! Drizzle a little olive oil over your healthy snack and see how beneficial this diet can be.
The study was conducted over five years on people ages 55-80. Over half of them were women, and while they were all at risk for heart disease (overweight, high cholesterol, high blood pressure), they were all disease-free. Their current medication was not altered.
There were three groups of participants. Two of the groups followed a Mediterranean diet: 4 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil and a fistful of nuts a day. The third group followed a low-fat diet: heavy on starches (potatoes, pasta, rice), fruit, vegetables, and fish.
The doctors followed “a composite of heart attacks, strokes, or heart-related deaths…stroke was the only problem where type of diet made a big difference.” Favor definitely fell along the Mediterranean diet, resulting in fewer of the aforementioned ailments even though the diet consisted of about 200 more calories a day.
Here at Rosetta Radiology, we always want our patients to be their healthiest, so we of course had to share about this "heart-healthy" diet. But if your health needs extend beyond your diet, we're still always here to help. Contact us and let us know what we can do!