Mediterranean Diet Protects Everybody
By Maureen Williams, ND
A new study looked at the impact of the increasingly popular Mediterranean diet on heart attack and stroke risks in a diverse group that included women, blacks, and Hispanics. The study found that eating a Mediterranean-style diet—rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, olive oil, and fish—prevented cardiovascular death in all these populations.
The Mediterranean diet score
The study, known as the Northern Manhattan Study or NOMAS, included more than 2,500 adults, of whom 64% were women, 55% were Hispanic, 24% were black, and 21% were white. Each participant answered a diet questionnaire upon enrolling in the study and was given a score to indicate how closely their diet resembled the Mediterranean diet. These scores were based on adherence to the following dietary characteristics: Read More