What’s better for you than a low-fat diet? One rich in olive oil, nuts, fish, fruit and vegetables.
One of the longest and largest diet studies ever into the Mediterranean diet has found it can reduce your risk of heart disease, heart attack or stroke by as much as 30 per cent, particularly if you're at high risk.
The study has been hailed by heart disease experts as it shows diet alone is powerful in reducing heart disease risk. So what’s a Mediterranean diet? Study participants were encouraged to eat:
Fish, at least three times a week
White meat rather than red or processed meat
Beans, peas and lentils at least three times a week
At least two servings of fruit and two of vegetables per day
Ample use of unsaturated fats, from olive oil or nuts
The researchers wound up the study earlier than anticipated, saying the evidence of the benefits of this diet over a standard western low-fat diet was so conclusive they didn't need to continue.