Think healthily, eat Mediterranean

4 February 2014        

Man shopping for groceries

Following a Mediterranean-style diet is associated with lower risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to research.

Researchers analysed medical and lifestyle data, including dietary habits, from 780 male firemen in the US.

Those who stuck to a Mediterranean-style diet rich in fish, nuts, vegetables and fruits, had a 43 per cent lower chance of weight gain compared with those who didn’t follow this type of diet.

Additionally, greater adherence to a Mediterranean diet was significantly associated with lower levels of LDL, or ‘bad’, cholesterol.

Taking a balanced approach will help look after your heart and your waistline.


Our Senior Heart Health Dietitian, Victoria Taylor, said: “This study adds weight to the wealth of evidence about the benefits of a Mediterranean diet.

“The beauty of the Mediterranean style of eating is that it is easy to stick to. Adapting your choices slightly means there’s no need to buy specialist foods or cut things out.

“Bring a taste of the Med into your diet by eating more fruit, vegetables, pulses, lentils and fish. Combine this with cutting down on fatty and sugary snacks and using unsaturated oils instead of butter. Taking this balanced approach will help look after your heart and your waistline, with no need to scrimp on taste.”