like olive oil, nuts and wine, youíre in luck. If you like
eating fish and legumes at least three times a week, thatís
even better. Love your veggies? Youíre on your way.
Nutrition researchers have been touting the possible health
benefits of eating foods popular in Mediterranean cultures for
lovers celebrate how enjoyable these dishes can be, too. The
vegetable plate at The National in Athens, Ga., is a state of
the art example of how plant-focused cuisine can meet state of
the science advice: Carolina Plantation rice with black
lentils, fried cauliflower with yogurt and harissa, beets with
kumquats and fennel fronds, cabbage and caraway slaw,
marinated carrots with fennel, watercress.
first major clinical trial on the Mediterranean diet shows
that eating this way can prevent 30 percent of heart attacks,
strokes and deaths from heart disease. The results of the
University of Barcelona study, published in The New England
Journal of Medicine, reveal that people at high risk for heart
disease because they were overweight, smoked or had diabetes
were able to cut their heart attack risk by eating a diet rich
in olive oil, nuts, beans, fish, fruits and vegetables. They
even got to drink wine with their meals.
nearly 7,500 study participants were divided into two groups;
consuming either the Mediterranean or a low-fat plan. The
low-fat group had a hard time sticking with the diet because
it wasnít as palatable as the Mediterranean menu. The
five-year study actually ended early because it was evident
the low-fat group might be at higher risk for heart disease.
of the healthy stuff is enough to make a dietary difference?
The Mediterranean daily diet regime included at least 4
tablespoons of olive oil, a quarter cup of nuts, a glass of
wine, at least three servings of fruit and at least two
servings of vegetables. Weekly, they were to eat fish and
legumes (peas, beans and lentils) at least three times a week,
choose poultry instead of red meats and to avoid sugary