Mediterranean Diet Works for Rich, Educated

Henrietta Strickland
August 2, 2017

If you've spent any amount of time reading up on healthy foods that can offer significant boosts to your physiological and mental well-being, you're nearly sure to have come across the Mediterranean diet. It characterized by moderate consumption of dairy products like cheese and yogurt, moderate consumption of fish and lots of olive oil, legumes, cereals, fruits and vegetables.

Lead researcher Dr Marialaura Bonaccio, from the Mediterranean Neurological Institute in Pozzilli, said: "The cardiovascular benefits associated with the Mediterranean diet in a general population are well known".

Tucson- A new study reveals the Mediterranean diet lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease but not for everyone.

Detailed analysis indicated that people at the top of society were likely to consume healthier versions of the Mediterranean diet richer in antioxidants and polyphenol plant compounds.

What the research found out was that the families who had an above average income were the only ones who actually had any significant benefits from the recommended diet plan.

"The authors suggest that there are some elements of the Mediterranean diet that are eaten more often by high rather than low-income groups, but there are other possible explanations for these findings".

The health benefits to the heart are well-documented when it comes to studies about the diet which emphasizes vegetables, nuts, fruits, fish and grains with a limit on red meat and replacing butter with olive oil.

A study conducted by Italian researchers and published Monday in the International Journal of Epidemiology showed reductions in cardiovascular disease and other benefits of the Mediterranean Diet are strongly influenced by one's place on the socioeconomic ladder.

"We can not be keeping on say [ing] that the Mediterranean diet is good for health if we are not able to guarantee an equal access to it", concluded de Gaetano.

We can not keep saying that the Mediterranean diet is good for health if we are not able to guarantee an equal access to it.

Multiple double-blind scientific studies have furnished evidence that following the diet reduces the risks of heart-related diseases and premature death.

"However, there is no quick-fix diet; a healthy diet has to be a part of an overall heart-healthy lifestyle that includes not smoking, taking regular exercise, and maintaining a healthy weight".

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