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Diabetics Benefit More From Mediterranean Diet Without Breakfast

November 28, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
A Mediterranean diet that includes only a cup of coffee for breakfast -- and a calorie-packed but low-carb/low-fat lunch -- is better for type 2 diabetics, according to a Swedish study. The single meal, which includes wine and fats from olives and fish, does not induce higher blood glucose levels than a low-fat diet lunch. The food provided in the study had an energy content from carbohydrates that was intermediate between the low-fat and the low-carbohydrate meals. The researchers noted that a significant aspect of the Mediterranean diet is often forgotten: it usually skips breakfast.
Hanna Fernemark et al., "A Randomized Cross-Over Trial of the Postprandial Effects of Three Different Diets in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes", PLoS ONE, November 28, 2013, © Fernemark et al.
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