I have written on the healthy Mediterranean diet many times here, as well as very thoroughly in my book Eat Less, Live Long. The research just keeps coming…
Doctors writing in the Postgraduate Medical Journal (PMJ) recently, said “The α-linoleic acid, polyphenols and omega-3 fatty acids found in abundance in nuts, fruit, vegetables, olive oil and oily fish rapidly exert positive health effects by attenuating thrombosis and inflammation, and it is estimated that increasing population consumption of fruit and vegetables by one portion per day and nut consumption by two servings a week would prevent 5.2 million deaths from cardiovascular disease globally within just one year”.
“What’s more responsible is that we tell people to concentrate on eating nutritious foods. It’s going to have an impact on their health very quickly. We know the traditional Mediterranean diet, which is higher in [plant-based] fat, proven from randomised controlled trials, reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke even within months of implementation”
Cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra, 2014.