Many feel that obesity is a growing concern in not just children in America but in adults as well. With that said, many are looking for ways to lose weight and diets that will not only achieve this goal but also help in improving one’s health.
According to The New York Times, they report about a specific balanced diet that can help reduce the risk for heart disease but not necessarily help in losing weight. Though the Mediterranean diet offers a variety of different foods you can eat, sadly, be expected to say goodbye to indulging on most red meats and sweets.
While the Mediterranean diet was reported in The New York Times, the actual study of the diet was published Monday in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study states that researchers enlisted roughly 7,500 individuals in Spain that were between 55 and 80 who did not have heart disease but had diabetes, were overweight, smokers, having a family history of heart disease or had other factors that made them at risk for heart disease such as having high cholesterol or high blood pressure.
The study participants were randomly assigned to be a part of one of three groups: one group was put on a low-fat diet, which they struggled with, and the other two groups followed variations with the Mediterranean diet over a period of five years.
Over the five-year study, those that were put on and followed the Mediterranean diet were roughly 30 percent less likely to suffer from strokes, heart attacks and deaths as a result of cardiovascular disease.
Steven Nissen, chairman of the department of cardiovascular medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, told The New York Times that, “Now along comes this group and does a gigantic study in Spain that says you can eat a nicely balanced diet with fruits and vegetables and olive oil and lower heart disease by 30 percent. And you can actually enjoy life.”
For those interested in partaking in the diet, it consists of eating a lot of legumes, fruits, nuts, veggies, and olive oil and whole grains. Also part of the diet allows you to indulge in seafood and fish while eating a bit of yogurt, poultry, cheese and eggs. However, the diet does not allow an individual to partake in most red meats and sweets.
Dennis Balint, who is the chief executive officer of the California Walnut Commission, said a daily half-ounce of walnuts were provided by walnut growers represented by his group that supplemented the Mediterranean diet.
Balint commented that though the magnitude of the study’s results surprised him, the fact that the diet with nuts proved to be healthful did not. He said, “Every nut has its strong suit. Our strong suit is the fact that walnuts have plant-based omega-3.”
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