Even following a Mediterranean diet oozing with fat can be healthier than eating a Western diet, according to a review of research.
Scientists reviewed 56 studies, analyzing the effects of Mediterranean-type diets that allowed subjects to eat an unlimited amount of healthy fats like olive oil and concluded that the diet may reduce risk of breast cancer, diabetes and heart disease. The review was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
The researchers defined a Mediterranean diet as a plan that included unlimited healthy fats and at least two of the following seven components: A high ratio of monounsaturated fats to saturated fats, a high intake of fruits and vegetables, lots of legumes, moderate red wine intake, moderate dairy impact, lots of grains and cereal, low meat consumption and higher fish consumption.
Research supporting the diet’s health benefits has been piling up. Another recent study about the eating pattern suggests that it may prevent your brain from shrinking and help preserve a more youthful mind.