Manitoba Co-operator_Mediterranean diet cuts heart disease risk

Earlier this week, The Manitoba Co-operator published an article that drew attention to the important impact that diet can have on our health.  The article is based on research presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 64th Annual Scientific Session in San Diego, Mar 14-16, 2015.  According to the article, the researchers, “Ekavi Georgousopoulou and Demosthenes B. Panagiotakos of Harokopio University in Athens studied a group of more than 2,500 Greek adults, ages 18 to 89, who closely followed the Mediterranean diet for 10 years. The group was 47 per cent less likely to develop heart disease compared to others who did not follow the diet.”  

“Our study shows that the Mediterranean diet is a beneficial intervention for all types of people — in both genders, in all age groups, and in both healthy people and those with health conditions,” Georgousopoulou said in an American College of Cardiology release. “It also reveals that the Mediterranean diet has direct benefits for heart health, in addition to its indirect benefits in managing diabetes, hypertension and inflammation.”

The researchers also say that the diet can be adapted to other regions.  This we know to be true from our experience.   The article goes on to say “Two University of Alberta nutrition professors have suggested a Prairie version of the Mediterranean diet based on dairy, meats, canola, pulses and grains. Catherine Chan and Rhonda Bell have written a book titled Pure Prairie Eating Plan, and maintain a website with recipes and other information on the plan at www.pureprairie.ca.”

Thanks to the Manitoba Co-operators for keeping the benefits of a healthy diet top of mind!