The medical community had been saying it for a long time and a new study has now confirmed it – a Mediterranean Diet can help lower heart disease risk.
This diet involves eating a lot of olives, using olive oil as a cooking medium, low fat dairy, whole grains, poultry, fish, nuts and legumes.
Also the diet recommends having red meat only twice a month and moderate amounts of alcohol.
The study examined the effect that this diet has on the Metabolic Syndrome and therefore on heart disease risk.
According to study leader Demosthenes Panagiotakos, PhD, associate professor at Harokopio University of Athens in Greece, the diet could be a solution to the metabolic syndrome as well as its individual components.
The results of the study have been described as being of great public health importance since they can easily be adopted by all population groups. The diet is cost effective and can suit various different cultures as well.