The New England Journal of Medicine has recently published the results of a study that are bound to have Mediterranean cookbooks flying off the shelves.
The study explored the potential that a Mediterranean diet had in preventing cardiovascular disease amongst high risk individuals. The study found that an energy-unrestricted Mediterranean diet, supplemented with extra virgin olive oil or nuts, resulted in a 30% reduction in the risk of the major cardiovascular events, such as heart attacks, strokes and deaths from heart disease.
So convincing were the results that the researchers even stopped the study five years early because they felt it was unethical to let the control group continue without receiving the benefits of the Mediterranean diet.
The Mediterranean diet is one heavy in olive oil, nuts, beans and wine – yes, even the wine is allowed. If that’s not a good enough reason to visit the Mediterranean, we don’t know what is!