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From: temp (
Subject:         Re: Eat raw, keep your brain, grow your heart
Date: April 15, 2015 at 2:03 am PST

In Reply to: Re: Eat raw, keep your brain, grow your heart posted by BJ on April 14, 2015 at 5:55 pm:

BJ wrote - Is it really their diet solely, or is it just another scientific study that just cherry picks what it wants to sell olive oil? Did these same scientists look at their lifestyle, topsoil, genetics and how long were these studies carried out over?

TEMP - Well firstly, as the research has shown, the benefits of the Mediterranean diet are derived from many other areas of the diet than just the olive oil component.

Some of the star factors include the diet being high in fiber, rich in the right type of fats, having a healthy 1:1 omega 6/3 ratio, being majority plant based, the regular consumption of nuts is thought to play a massive role, consuming other polyphenol rich foods regularly and obviously not forgetting the rich anti-inflammatory omega-3 oily fish component.

BJ wrote - You and the scientists are picking one item in isolation - their diet, when it may actually be the soil, simple active lifestyle, clean air and water and a whole lot of other items as opposed to exactly what they eat.

Temp -

Again not so fast, your point is valid as to other lifestyle factors impacting their health.

However the health benefits of a Mediterranean diet have been replicated elsewhere, without the need to live a traditional greek or Mediterranean lifestyle.

And yes the research shows that it is various diet components(olive oil, regular consumption of nuts, oily fish etc) that are responsible for the majority of the longevity health benefits and in particular the reduction of cardiovascular diseases that is possible from following the Mediterranean diet.

Everyone can replicate these benefits by adding nuts to their diet and so on.

Do i believe the Mediterranean diet is the bee all and end all ?

I don't know, i don't follow it personally, or at least not strictly. However i feel its a good basic template of a healthy diet, that one can build their own from.

There is also no diet currently that has the same level of scientific research behind it, especially for its reduction of heart disease benefits.

Its a diet which is proven safe to follow, nutritionally complete, balanced and majority plant based.

As to your part about them growing their own fruits and vegetables, i believe that is important. However it doesn't seem to make too much of a difference like i say because others have replicated their diet with store bought fruits/vegetables and received similar health benefits according to the studies.

Simply put you don't need to live in the Mediterranean to get the health benefits of a Mediterranean diet.

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