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Meta-Analysis Of 50 Studies Finds Many Health Benefits From Mediterranean Diet

March 15, 2011: 12:00 AM EST
Researchers from Greece and Italy have confirmed in a meta-analysis of 50 studies involving half a million people that the Mediterranean diet has a beneficial effect not only on metabolic syndrome, but also on waist circumference, HDL-cholesterol levels, triglycerides levels, blood pressure levels and glucose metabolism. The Mediterranean diet is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids from olives and olive oils; fruits, vegetables, whole grain cereals; low-fat dairy products; fish, poultry, tree nuts, and legumes; low consumption of red meat; and moderate consumption of alcohol. “This dietary pattern can be easily adopted by all population groups and various cultures and cost-effectively serve for primary and secondary prevention of metabolic syndrome and its individual components,” the researchers observed.
Christina-Maria Kastorini, et al., "The Effect of Mediterranean Diet on Metabolic Syndrome and its Components A Meta-Analysis of 50 Studies and 534,906 Individuals", Journal of the American College of Cardiology, March 15, 2011, © American College of Cardiology Foundation
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