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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-25-13 11:56 AM
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Mediterranean diet cuts risk of heart dis-ease
Tasty diet cuts heart disease, study finds

By Maggie Fox, Senior Writer, NBC News

A Mediterranean diet rich in fruits, vegetables, olive oil and a little wine can cut the risk of heart attacks and strokes by 30 percent, researchers reported on Monday in a study that shows the real-life benefits of a diet long encouraged by doctors.

The results were so startling that the study was cut short after less than five years, and the results rushed to publication in the New England Journal of Medicine.

A Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil or nuts reduced the incidence of major cardiovascular events, the researchers, led by Dr. Ramon Estruch of the Carlos III Health Institute in Barcelona, wrote.

The study was done in Spain, where people already supposedly eat the Mediterranean diet -- which is characterized by lots of salad, fruit, vegetables, nuts, a little fish, a little lean meat, a small amount of cheese and olive oil. Wine is also served at meals. But the 7,400 volunteers in the trial got extra counseling, and either a weekly supply of extra-virgin olive oil or mixed nuts.

Photo caption is "A Mediterranean diet with plenty of olive oil and nuts can cut the risk of stroke and heart attacks, Spanish researchers found."

Olive oil is fat and nuts are high in fat. So are olives (duh) and goat cheese, which are shown in the photo

Doctors have long known but never told us: healthy fats are affirmatively good for you.

I know this because Dr. Dean Ornish was confronted on television about this a number of years ago and said that the medical profession did not tell us that things like olive oil were good for us because they thought we would overdo fats in our diet. So, for years, they simply stressed a low fat diet without also telling us that things like olive oil would help us.

I saw the interview of Ornish more than five years ago, So, the bit about rushing the results to us because they were so dramatic is bemusing.

Is there no source of info we can trust?

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