People have been looking for the miracle pill to live longer. Cosmetic surgeries are on the rise because of vanity and the desire to feel and look young. Healthy lifestyle through proper food choices have always been advocated by different medical societies as the way to go BUT finding the right choices of food and the most practical activities to do remain elusive to most.
The so called Mediterranean diet has long been touted as having shown to have the most healthy components in terms of food choices. Recently in a population based study done in Greece published in British Medical Journal, June, 2009, Mediterranean diet appeared to contribute to increased longetivity.
After a mean follow-up of 8.5 years, there were more deaths among individuals who were on low Mediterranean diet components than among individuals whose diet components were high of the Mediterranean-diet. Furthermore, the study was able to teased out the contribution of each component to low mortality:
- moderate consumption of alcohol (23.5% of the effect),
- low consumption of meat (16.6%),
- high consumption of vegetables (16.2%),
- high consumption of fruits and nuts (11.2%),
- high monounsaturated-to-saturated lipid ratio (10.6%), and
- high consumption of legumes (9.7%).
The study suggested therefore that the largest effects on reduced mortality came from drinking moderate amounts of alcohol equivalent to five small glasses of wine (10 g/day to less than 50 g/day) for men and half that for women as well as eating little meat while eating lots of vegetables, eating fruits and nuts, and using olive oil. It is however very important to note that the individual components of the Mediterranean diet gave an additive protective effect to the overall mortality. The study suggests that it is still the overall dietary habit that will determine whether your diet is healthy and can lead to longer life than just relying on the health benefits of an individual diet component.
So change to a healthier lifestyle with five servings of vegetables, three to four servings of fruits, nuts a day, lots of vegetables, less meat and moderate amount of the so called French Paradox: Wine
Toast To A Long Life!!!