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The Benefits of a Mediterranean Diet

A recent study in the British Medical Journal followed 23,000 adults in Greece. It revealed that a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, nuts, and legumes (like beans and peas) had a significant impact on longevity. This Mediterranean diet also had lower intakes of meat and a moderate consumption of alcohol. Researchers had expected to find that the Greeks high intake of grains and seafood had a significant effect as well, but this did not prove to be the case. While this region's diet has long been recommended, researchers are only now seeing which components give the biggest bang for the buck.

A related study also found that the Mediterranean diet reduced the risk of experiencing dementia or of it progressing. A group of adults with no dementia symptoms was followed. It was found that those who ate a diet most similar to the Mediterranean diet had a 28 percent lower risk of developing cognitive impairment. Among those who already were exhibiting signs of dementia, those following this diet had a 48 percent lower risk of getting advanced Alzheimer's disease.

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