Groundbreaking research from the New England Journal of Medicine has recently discovered the power of the Mediterranean diet and the future health implications it has.
According to the comprehensive study, 7500 participants were instructed to follow either a low-fat fare or indulge in the likes of fish, nuts, olive oil, meat, cheeses, eggs, yogurt and other commonly known staples of the seafaring diet. Considered a triumph of modern medicine, researchers discovered that individuals following the Mediterranean diet were 30% less likely to suffer heart attacks, strokes, and death than the low-fat test groups. But before you run out and snatch-up some fish, consider the behind the scenes food facts.
It sounds simple, eat as much greens, fish, and olive oil as you like, but researchers who conducted the study also emphasized strict guidelines requiring all participants to avoid all cookies, cakes, pastries, and sweets. It is important to note that hidden sugars spike insulin, feed cancers, lowers immunity and reduces high density lipoproteins (the good kind of cholesterol). If that wasn’t bad enough, sugar can even unleash symptoms of anxiety, cause difficulty concentrating, and increase moodiness.
But even more profound are the parallels between the Mediterranean diet and Dr. Salerno’s Silver Cloud. For starters, both endorse organic eggs, embellish cheeses, and support the use of fats in every day cooking. Ensuring it’s fresh, free of chemicals and comes from the wild, fish can easily be the cornerstone of any healthy meal. Fatty fish, which contains heart-healthy omega 3’s, anti-inflammatory properties, and artery-unclogging benefits, is a great way to ensure a healthy heart.
In addition to fish, meat is another category oftentimes found in the Mediterranean diet. Completely unaware by most of the general public, half of the fat found in beef is of the monounsaturated kind, which just so happens to be the same fat found in olive oil (oleic acid). Besides being an excellent source of protein, beef can actually lower LDL levels, increase HDL levels and harbors a surplus of vitamins and minerals for vital bodily functions.
It seems that after years of media scrutiny, researchers have finally taken the first step in proving the success of a full fat diet. Low-fat, although popular amongst certain groups, lacks fiber, throws of hormone levels, contains hidden additives, causes intense cravings, and increases the risk for heart disease. Instead of cutting back on taste, indulge in beneficial fats which can prevent heart disease, lower your risk for stroke, and keep you feeling fit for years to come.