Health benefits of Mediterranean diet dissected

A large Greek prospective cohort study (23,349 participants) has investigated the relative importance of the individual components of the Mediterranean diet. The dominant components of the Mediterranean diet that score as a predictor of lower mortality are moderate consumption of alcohol, low consumption of meat and meat products and high consumption of vegetables, fruits and nuts, olive oil and legumes. Minimal contributions were found for cereals and dairy products and for fish and seafood, the intake of which is low in this population. (Anatomy of health effects of Mediterranean diet: Greek EPIC prospective cohort study. BMJ. 2009 Jun 23;338:b2337).

 

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