New Study: Alzheimer’s and the Mediterranean Diet

by admin on February 14, 2014

Mediterranean Diet Recipe

The Mediterranean Diet is one of the many trendy diets people are trying to help them lose weight and live a healthy lifestyle.  It turns out the diet has some other health benefits.

A recent study that took place over a 14-year span showed that people on the Mediterranean Diet had a 32 to 40 percent lower incidence of Alzheimer’s disease compared to those that weren’t on the diet.

It wasn’t the wine, fish or whole grains that did the job. According to researchers, it was the extra virgin olive oil.  People on the diet tend to eat up to 50 milliliters of the oil each day.  They learned the oil contains oleocanthal, which is that burning, peppery feeling you get at the back of your throat when consuming it.  Oleocanthal affects the body in much of the same way that ibuprofen does – it reduces inflammation.

Of course, exercise and the large helpings of vegetables that are part of the diet also helped.

Here are few guidelines if you want to add some of the Mediterranean Diet elements to your meal plans:

  • Eat six or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day
  • Choose whole grains
  • Nuts are healthy and part of the diet, but only eat a handful a day
  • Replace butter with healthy fats, such as olive oil
  • Use herbs and spices instead of salt to flavor foods
  • Limit red meat to no more than a few times a month – eat fish and chicken instead
  • Drink red wine in moderation (optional)

MEDITERRANEAN DIET RECIPES

Garlic-Braised Chicken with Olives and Mushrooms

Creamy Mediterranean Paninis

Chicken with Quinoa Greek Salad

Watermelon and Feta Salad

Barley and Roasted Tomato Risotto

Tuscan White Bean Stew

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