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.
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!