New research says the Mediterranean diet greatly cuts the risk of strokes and heart attacks. The study found that eating a
diet rich in fruit, vegetables, fish, olive oil and nuts typical of Mediterranean countries cuts the risk of heart disease and stroke by 30%.
Researchers found that after nearly five years people who followed a Mediterranean diet and supplemented with either extra virgin olive oil or mixed nuts were around 30% less likely to have had a heart attack or a stroke.
It is often misunderstood what the Mediterranean diet consists of so researchers have defined what they consider a Mediterranean diet to be, you can view their Mediterranean dietary recommendations for free online.
What is the Mediterranean diet?
The Mediterranean diet involves eating more fresh fruit, vegetables, bread, wholegrains and fish while cutting down on meat and dairy products.
You should use olive oil as an alternative to butter and choose healthy ways of cooking and preparing your food, do not fry food or roast it in fat. Instead you should steam, poach, bake, microwave or stir fry.
Add flavour to your dishes by using spices, herbs and lemon juice rather than cheese or cream sauces that are high in fat and salt and raises your BP levels.
Red wine in moderation is optional.