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Go "Nuts" About Mediterranean Diet

Gregg Carroll - Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Mediterranean diet feature lots of fruit, vegetables, nuts and olive oil; moderate amounts of fish; but little dairy, red or processed meat; as well as moderate amounts of wine with meals. The 7,447 participants of a study were allowed to consume as many calories as they wished, and were given no instructions about exercise and were randomly assigned one of the 3 diets: a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra virgin olive oil(more than quarter cup per day); a Mediterranean diet supplemented with nuts (more than an ounce a day of walnuts, hazel and almonds); or a low-fat diet, including bread, potatoes and pasta. Result: Compared to those told to eat a low-fat diet, those on an olive-oil rich Mediterranean diet had a 33% lower stroke risk, while those eating a MEDITERRANEAN DIET with EXTRA NUTS had a 46% lower risk of stroke.


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