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Mediterranean Diet Update

Published: July 18, 2009

While fad diets that favor one food group over another seem to come and go with regularity, one strategy is proving remarkably enduring. Yet another new study of the Mediterranean Diet concludes that the healthy eating plan is linked to living longer and better.

An updated version of the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid includes general recommendations for foods, drinks, and exercise.

An updated version of the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid includes general recommendations for foods, drinks, and exercise.

The recent report, published in the British Medical Journal and authored by Antonia Trichopoulou, M.D., Ph.D., University of Athens Medical School, and Dimitrios Trichopoulos, M.D., Ph.D., Harvard School of Public Health, followed 23,349 Greek men and women for a mean of 8.5 years.

Key components of the tried-and-true diet as identified by the investigators include:

* High consumption of vegetables, fruits, nuts, olive oil, and beans
* Low consumption of meat and meat products
* Moderate consumption of wine (with meals).


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