February 2009 Issue

Eating The Mediterranean Way: Good For A Lot More Than Just Your Heart

Ever since researcher Ancel Keys discovered that people living near the Mediterranean Sea suffered fewer heart attacks than Northern Europeans and Americans, the so-called Mediterranean Diet has been touted for heart health. A slew of studies has provided plenty of evidence to back up the dietís cardio-protective claims of lower low-density lipoproteins (LDL) and triglycerides. Now, it seems the traditional "Med" way of eating benefits more than your heart. New findings suggest it reduces the risk of diabetes, certain cancers, obesity and Alzheimerís diseaseóand can help you live a longer, happier life. At the recent 15th Anniversary Mediterranean Diet Conference in Boston, sponsored by Oldways, a food issues think tank, international scientists, nutritionists and chefs presented cutting-edge research plus practical ways to translate Med eating to your own lifestyle. EN was there to bring you the inside scoop.

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