05 February 2014

Huge benefits of Mediterranean-style diet

A study done with a group of Midwestern fire-fighters showed that a Mediterranean-style diet lowered their risk factors for cardiovascular disease.


Among a large group of Midwestern fire-fighters, greater adherence to Mediterranean-style diet was associated with lower risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to a new study led by researchers from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA).

What is a Mediterranean diet?

A Mediterranean diet, rich in fish, nuts, vegetables, and fruits, has been shown in previous studies to lower risk of CVD.

Read: Mediterranean diet tied to sustainable weight loss

The study shows that promoting Mediterranean-style diets could have significant health benefits for young, working populations. "The logical next steps from our investigation are studies using the workplace to specifically promote Mediterranean dietary habits among fire-fighters and other US workers," said Justin Yang, lead author of the study and a post-doctoral fellow at HSPH.

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