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Mediterranean diet lowers health risks for women

Posted on: March 9, 2009

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Women who adhere to a traditional Mediterranean diet — high in monounsaturated fat, plant proteins, whole grains and fish — are at a lower risk for stroke and coronary heart disease, according to a study published this week in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

The research found that women whose diets most closely resembled the Mediterranean diet had a 29 percent reduction in heart disease risk, and a 13 percent reduction in stroke risk when compared with those women whose diets least resembled it. Diseases of the heart (coronary heart disease) and stroke are two of the top three leading causes of death in the U.S. for women and men.

Foods and beverages common in this diet include monounsaturated fats, vegetables, whole grains, fish, moderate alcohol, and limited red meat, refined grains, and sweets.

Researchers scored the diets as most closely resembling the Mediterranean diet, although the U.S. food choices differed in many ways from those in southern Italy and Greece, where the diet has been followed traditionally. For instance, the traditional Mediterranean diet features olive oil, which is high in monounsaturated fatty acids, as the primary cooking oil. The U.S. version of the diet would probably have more canola oil or peanut butter as sources of monounsaturated fat, researchers said.

Compared to a typical U.S. diet, the Mediterranean diet requires a shift toward a more plant-based diet, which means eating less meat and getting more protein from plant sources like beans and nuts.

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