There are many health benefits to the Mediterranean diet, but can it reduce obesity? Researchers at University of Navarra, and Carlos III Institute of Health in Spain think so. They tracked participants for an average of 10 years and their findings were recently reported in The Telegraph.
Their findings were first disclosed at a conference at European Congress on Obesity in Porto, Portugal and are briefly summarized below:
Participants completed detailed food questionnaires at the start of the study which tracked them for an average of 10 years.
The researchers found that the fifth of participants who had eaten the greatest share of plant based food in their diet were the least likely to become obese. The group also ate plenty of fish, in keeping with the principles of the Mediterranean diet.
Lead researcher Julen Sanz, from the University of Navarra in Spain, said: “Our study suggests that plant-based diets are associated with substantially lower risk of developing obesity. This supports current recommendations to shift to diets rich in plant foods, with lower intake of animal foods.”
Gourmet Living has long been espousing the many health benefits of a Mediterranean diet. People eating fresh vegetables, fruits and fish in Mediterranean countries simply live longer. While there are many conflicting stories circulating in authoritative journals, it appears that eating natural foods is far healthier than consuming factory-processed foods.
Frankly, I am very disturbed at the eating habits of young children and the lack of healthy food alternatives at schools. Surely, we can do a far better job stemming childhood obesity and the increasing level of diabetes among young people.
For those interested in learning more, I suggest that you consult the latests opinions of “food scientists” on trending nutrition news about the Mediterranean diet. Personally, I heavily discount most of what I read on the Internet, but there is a preponderance of evidence that eating seasonal fruits and vegetables and free-range chicken and beef lead to healthier outcomes.
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