Predimed study results are out — what it means for the Mediterranean diet

English: Olives in olive oil.

The results are in … the Mediterranean diet has been shown, rather forcefully, to produce better heart outcomes in at-risk individuals than a very strict low-fat diet.

Specifically, an unrestricted diet featuring quite a large amount of olive oil and nuts per week, beats a very low fat diet.

Have to read this with a rather large grain of salt, comparing only what the study compared — good fats vs. no fat.  Good fats produced better results than non-fat, even with quantities of olive oil and nuts that’s beyond what you’re likely going to eat yourself — approaching 25% of your total intake calories.  That in itself is remarkable, and may signal the end of the Ornish style of fat avoidance.

Interestingly enough, the fat-avoidance plan had already been found to be much better as far as heart outcomes than a typical American diet.

There are related studies coming out this week too — eating a Mediterranean diet costs a little more than the typical American weekly food spend. But only $3 or so, and again, take that with a grain of salt, because they’re just calculating the cost of supplementing your regular diet with a liter of olive oil and a half pound of nuts a week.

Is it more expensive?  Maybe, but you’ll make that up in avoided trips to your favorite unhealthy food outlets.  Is it better?  YES.

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