Researchers found that the fish, fruits, vegetables, nuts and olive oil staples of the Mediterranean diet can help prevent blindness and combat age-related macular degeneration.Taken from the centuries old cultural dish recipes found in Greece, Italy, Spain and surrounding regions, the Mediterranean diet has become a kind of American trend as of late. Now, books have been written on the subject, classes taught and television shows embrace the consumption of a majority of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, healthy fats and fish. Many studies have confirmed how these choices significantly improve heart health while lowering cancer risks.

Key Takeaways:

  • The Mediterranean diet food pyramid has vegetables, fruits, legumes, whole grains and nuts and seeds making up the bulk of the diet.
  • The researchers evaluated the patients’ diets over a thirteen year period looking at their consumption of alternate Mediterranean diet components: vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, fish, meats,
  • The high diet score carried even more weight when the genetic risk score was low. When patients had two genes associated with genetic risk, making that genetic risk greater, there was no connection.

“The Mediterranean Diet, based on consumption of vegetables and fruits, whole grains, nuts, seeds and legumes, and olive oil has been linked to many health benefits. The diet, based on foods eaten in Greece, southern Italy, and Spain, is low in saturated fats and high in fiber and monounsaturated fats.”

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