Magazine article Work & Family Life

Why Mediterranean-Style Eating Is Healthier

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Why Mediterranean-Style Eating Is Healthier

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Eating in the Mediterranean style is not really a diet. It's a way of life-and, it seems, a longer life.

Yet another study-this one reported in the British Medical Journal-ranked nearly 75,000 older men and women from nine European countries based on how closely they adhered to the so-called Mediterranean diet that's rich in vegetables, legumes, fruits, cereals, olive oil and fish-but low in meat and saturated fats in general. The higher study participants ranked on this way of eating (on a 10-point scale), the lower their overall death rate-even after controlling for other lifestyle factors.

Study after study has found that a plant-based diet lowers blood pressure and cholesterol levels, reduces the risk of heart disease, helps maintain lower body weight, reduces arthritis inflammation, prevents gallstones and protects against certain kinds of cancer.

The main differences between Mediterranean-style eating and a typical American diet in its emphasis on plant foods and monounsaturated, rather than saturated, fats. Here are ways to shift your diet to a more Mediterranean style:

* Whenever possible, use olive oil instead of butter, margarine and shortening. …

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