A study on the effectiveness of eating a Mediterranean diet
to protect your body from heart disease
has proven so effective that the researchers immediately started following the diet themselves.
And the study ended early, after almost five years, because the results were so clear that it was considered unethical to continue.
Here’s how your heart will benefit from eating a more Mediterranean diet
That’s because they found about 30% of heart attacks, strokes and deaths from heart disease
can be prevented in people at high risk if they switch to a Mediterranean diet
, reports the New York Times
Other research has shown people who follow a Mediterranean diet
tend to live longer, says Health Bytes
But that’s not all.
Stock up on these aspects of the Mediterranean diet to reap the health benefits!
To reap the health benefits, you should switch to a diet rich in olive oil, nuts and even wine, says a video by ABCNews
And while there’s no set ‘Mediterranean diet’ that all Mediterranean countries follow, they all focus on foods that are fresh, seasonal whole foods.
They’re not processed, and the preparation methods tend to be simple.
If you’d like to follow a similar diet, remember that you’ll have to stick to the health basics of fruit and vegetables as only small amounts of saturated fat
, sodium, sweets, and meat are part of the plan, adds WebMD
One final component of the Mediterranean diet lifestyle!
But it’s not just about the food.
A truly Mediterranean 'diet' also includes leisurely dining and regular physical activity.
So take your time, enjoy your food and remember to exercise – you’ll soon be living a healthier lifestyle with less risk of health issues!