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[FitChatter] New Study: The Mediterranean Diet May be the Key to Longevity — an article on the Smart Living Network
December 23, 2011 at 3:22 PMComments: 1 Faves: 0

New Study: The Mediterranean Diet May be the Key to Longevity

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Welcome back to FitChatter! This week in the news:

It's no secret that your diet has a significant effect on the state of your health. But - the million-dollar question - which diet is best?

A touchy question, to say the least - but a new study seems to have come up with an answer: when it comes to living longer, the Mediterranean diet is the clear winner. High in fiber and low in unhealthy fats, the Mediterranean diet limits animal-based foods such as meat and milk, instead focusing on fruits, vegetables, nuts, and fish. These foods, packed with antioxidants, tend to have an anti-inflammatory effect.

For this particular study, researchers studied thousands of 70-year-olds over the course of over 40 years. The result? "Older people who eat a Mediterranean diet live an estimated two to three years longer than those who don't," according to study author Gianluca Tognon.

This diet's ability to protect against heart disease, dementia, obesity, diabetes, and cancer have been well known  for a while now, but this study goes further by confirming that it promotes general longevity. And it's not just this one study, either - these findings have been backed up by three more forthcoming studies.

For me, the best part of this discovery is the knowledge that dieting doesn't  have to consist of bland, tasteless foods - it can be delicious!

For more about the Mediterranean diet, check out Jessica's video!

What do you think? Will this study influence the way you eat?

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  • And dietitian approved as it is not a diet at all, rather a healthy and achievable eating style. Great article, Laura!

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