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May 2013 Issue

The Med Diet Really is the Best

Sure, there have been hundreds of studies pointing to health benefits based on the Mediterranean style of eating, many of which we have reported in EN. But the just-published, landmark Spanish study—the PREDIMED (PREvencion con DIeta MEDiterranea) trial revealed spectacular results from following this diet. Findings included a 30 percent reduction in risk of cardiovascular diseases, such as heart attack, and cardiovascular death, and a 49 percent reduced risk of stroke. This multi-center, randomized prevention trial is one of the world’s largest and longest dietary intervention studies; 7,447 adults at high risk for heart disease were followed over an average of 4.8 years.

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