Mediterranean Diet, Vegetables May Extend Life...

Appearing in the British Medical Journal, a new study claims the Mediterranean diet—i.e. eating a lot of fruits and vegetables and avoiding meat, alcohol and dairy products—increases lifespan. Researchers examined the eating habits of 23,000 Greeks over 10 years, finding the presence of a diet rich in vegetables yielded health benefits, but when the heavy consumption of vegetables was removed, these benefits were negated; HealthDay News reports.

Sadly, many Mediterranean countries are loosing ground. In 2008, childhood obesity in Portugal, Spain and Italy jumped 30%. According to Dr. Fuhrman, all those healthy Mediterranean foods are giving way to western foods. That’s why the Mediterranean is getting fat, just like us!

And last September, a report revealed countries like Spain, Italy and Greece are buckling under the weight of fast food and the move away from their traditional dietary roots.

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Scott - June 26, 2009 8:40 PM

Hi Jerry. The Mediterranean Diet, while certainly heavy in fruits and vegetables, is also heavy in olive oil and chronic, yet moderate wine drinking (1-2 glasses every day).

Gerry Pugliese - June 27, 2009 10:39 AM

Hey Scott-

Yeah, the report goes into all that, but the pearl of wisdom here is the high vegetable component.

Peace.
-Gerry

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