The “Mediterranean Diet” has always been thought of as a good heart healthy diet and it just got another scientific thumbs up.
Here is how Dr. Ann Kulze, renowned authority in the areas of nutrition, healthy lifestyles and disease prevention, describes the study and it’s results:
“In this landmark evaluation, researchers placed almost 7,500 older adults with risk factors for heart disease on one of three diet plans – a Mediterranean diet where most of the fats were from extra-virgin olive oil, a Mediterranean diet where most of the fats were from nuts, or a low-fat eating plan that emphasized grains, fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products. Study participants were carefully followed for the next 5 years. At the end of the 5 year study period, study subjects on either of the Mediterranean plans were 28 to 30 percent less likely to die of heart attacks, strokes, vs. those on the low-fat plan.”
This study was unique in that it was a randomized, intervention-based trial — and it clearly proved how the right foods can protect the health of our hearts and arteries.
So what’s in a Mediterranean diet?
Low in red meat, sugar, refined breads and highly-processed foods. Rich in fish, fresh fruit and vegetables, legumes, nuts, olive oil. Foods like poultry, eggs and low-fat dairy can be enjoyed in moderation.
One of the best things about this diet is that the food is so tasty and easy to prepare.
Here is a dish that I made last night for our family and everybody was happy. It also makes a great Lenten meal.
I served this over quinoa with a big kale salad.
Here are the recipes :