A recent study published last month in The New England Journal of Medicine confirmed what Greeks seemed to know all along — eating a Mediterranean diet rich in nuts, olive oil, vegetables, fresh fruit, legumes, fish, poultry and red wine has proven health benefits, especially for those at risk for heart disease. Contrary to the popular belief that a low-fat diet was best for cardiovascular health, the results of the new Mediterranean diet study were so clearly evident that the researchers ended the trial early.
A Mediterranean diet supplemented with a daily handful of raw almonds or walnuts may be better for you than cholesterol-lowering statins. Researchers found that regular consumption nuts and olive oil was key to preventing heart disease. Enjoy a glass of red wine daily — in fact, a small carafe of red wine is part of the usual breakfast for centenarian residents of Ikaria, a Greek island where many of the residents reach the age of 90. Many of the Ikarian residents actually consume up to four glasses of wine a day.