NEW research suggests a dairy enhanced Mediterranean diet may be even more effective than a low fat diet for those at risk of cardiovascular disease.
The new research from the University of South Australia shows a Mediterranean diet could significantly lower the risk of diseases of the heart and blood vessels.
The study – published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, compared the health benefits of a Mediterranean diet including two to three serves of dairy each day, with a standard low-fat diet.
According to findings, the Mediterranean diet improved blood pressure, heart rate, cholesterol, mood and cognitive function.
PhD candidate Alexandra Wade said the new MedDairy diet challenged ideas of what was considered healthy.
“The MedDiet is fast earning a reputation as the world’s healthiest diet and is renowned for delivering improved cardiovascular and cognitive health,” she said.
“But it’s also higher in fat, which can be a deterrent for people seeking to adopt a healthier eating plan, especially if they don’t realise the difference between healthy and unhealthy fats.”
“This study shows that the new MedDairy works better than a generic low-fat diet, ensuring better health outcomes for people at risk of cardiovascular disease.”
A typical MedDiet includes extra virgin olive oil, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes, wholegrain breads, pastas and cereals, moderate consumption of fish and red wine.
It also involves lower consumption of red meat, sweet and processed foods.
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in Australia.
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