There’s a new study out which seems to confirm that the Mediterranean diet is good for a person’s heart. The study compared the Med diet against a standard low-fat diet. Both do good things for a person, but the Med diet was even better.
While study participants did not follow all diet recommendations, the researchers found, eating habits did change in both groups. Study participants took in fewer calories and consumed more proteins and carbohydrates and less total fat and saturated fat. Both groups showed a small but significant drop in body mass index.
Among people on the Mediterranean diet, total cholesterol dropped by 7.5 percent, and it fell by 4.5 percent in the low-fat diet group. Based on this reduction, the researchers write, overall cardiovascular risk fell 15 percent with the Mediterranean diet and 9 percent with the low fat diet.
The more I read about the Med diet, the more convinced I am that this is what I need to be on. I just need to find time and motivation to cook up the meals in advance. It’s a great diet, but the food is not exactly easy to prepare.