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Fruit, wine and olives for healthier life

I love Sundays because I can do things I normally don’t have the time for during the week such as having friends around, cooking beautiful dinner with a glass of wine and a great chat.

I came across this article which I found really interesting.

The Mediterranean diet has long been hailed as the perfect recipe for a long life. 

Researchers have claimed that the foods are effective against a variety of illnesses, from Alzheimer’s to cancer.

Drinking a glass of wine or two a day with large amounts of fruit, vegetables and olive oil, while keeping red meat consumption to a minimum did contribute towards a longer life.

The scientists behind the study claim that it is the first to identify which individual parts of the diet might contribute the most to longevity.

Previous research has found that sticking to the diet can protect the brain against developing Alzheimer’s and other memory problems.

The variety of ingredients

also reduces the chances of developing heart disease and even cuts the risk of being diagnosed with cancer. The latest study, which followed 23,000 people, found that those who adhered most closely to a typical Mediterranean diet were 14 per cent more likely still to be alive after eight years. Prof Dimitrios Trichopoulos, from the Harvard School of Public Health, who led the study, said: “The analysis suggests that the dominant components of the Mediterranean diet are moderate consumption of alcohol, mostly in the form of wine during meals, as is traditional in the Mediterranean countries, low consumption of meat and meat products, and high consumption of vegetables, fruits and nuts and olive oil.”

Previous studies have suggested that the omega three “good” fatty acids found in fish such as tuna and salmon can help to protect the mind against decline and even reduce the risk that men will develop prostate cancer.

The study gave patients a score for how closely their diet resembled that of a typical Mediterranean diet.

Earlier this year, scientists found that older people who ate a Mediterranean diet were less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease over five years.

Via: http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/diet-and-fitness/recipe-for-long-healthy-life-20090625-cxfx.html

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