A Strict Mediterranean Diet Offers a Big Health Boost
October 04, 2008
Sticking strictly to a “Mediterranean” diet offers substantial protection against cancer, heart disease and other major chronic illnesses, according to researchers.
The research team reviewed 12 international studies which included more than 1.5 million people whose eating habits and health were tracked for follow-up periods of three to 18 years.
Strict adherence results in a 9 percent drop in death from heart disease, a 13 percent reduction in incidence of Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease and a 6 percent reduction in cancer.
The traditional Mediterranean diet is rich in fruits, vegetables, fish and healthy fats such as olive oil.