Mediterranean diet can help prevent premature death.

It’s true!  About 30% of heart attacks, strokes, and deaths from heart disease can pre prevented (in high-risk people) if they switch to a Mediterranean diet.  This diet is rich in olive oil, beans, fish, fruits and vegetables, and nuts.  Wine ( in moderation, of course) is even encouraged.

The New England Journal of Medicine published a study showing the magnitude of the diet’s benefits.  The study ended early (after almost 5 years) because the results were so clear that it was considered unethical to continue.  Low fat diets have not been shown in any rigorous way to be helpful.  Low-fat diets are also hard for patients to maintain.  This is different than the Mediterranean diet which allows you to eat a nicely balanced diet with fruits and vegetables and olive oil.

I’ve added my hummus recipe.  It’s easy to make and such a hit at parties.  Pair it with some vegetables and you are incorporating the Mediterranean diet in your day.

Hummus:

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Put all ingredients into a food processor.

  • one can (15 ounce) chick peas (garbonzo beans) drained
  • 1/3 cup tahini (sesame seed paste)
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp cumin

Food process for 3 minutes.  Add water until it’s the right consistency.  Enjoy!

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I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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