Olive oil, spices, vegetables and other ingredients for a Mediterranean diet. Olive oil, spices, vegetables and other ingredients for a Mediterranean diet. Olive oil, spices, vegetables and other ingredients for a Mediterranean diet. (Photo: Fotohunter / Shutterstock)

Health benefits of Mediterranean diet continue to rack up

New study shows adherents are 47% less likely to develop heart disease.

For years, doctors and nutritionists have praised the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet – a regimen of olive oil, fruits, vegetables, nuts, cheese, beans, whole grains and high amounts of protein-packed fish. Even a glass of red wine is part of this diet.

Studies have shown the diet to be helpful in dealing with cholesterol levels and blood pressure. And now there's more good news.

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In a new study to be presented this month at the American College of Cardiology's 64th Annual Scientific Session in San Diego, researchers discovered that people who followed the Mediterranean diet were 47 percent less likely to develop heart disease over a 10-year period compared to those who did not adhere to the diet. The study followed more than 2,500 adults from Greece.

"Our study shows that the Mediterranean diet is a beneficial intervention for all types of people – in both genders, in all age groups, and in both healthy people and those with health conditions," said Ekavi Georgousopoulou, a Ph.D. candidate at Harokopio University in Athens, Greece, who conducted the study along with Demosthenes B. Panagiotakos, Ph.D., professor at Harokopio University.

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If you're looking to introduce this diet into your daily routine, the hard-working food team here at From The Grapevine has you covered. We've curated a complete menu to get you started on the Mediterranean diet – including dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We've even included some snack ideas. You can also follow our Pinterest page for more Mediterranean food ideas.

Want even more? Our resident cook, Miriam Kresh, has hundreds of recipes from her Israeli kitchen.

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