Eat Those Fruits and Veggies!
Posted: March 18, 2011 at 8:24 am
A review of 50 published studies covering 500,000 people
shows that the fruit and vegetable-based Mediterranean diet is
associated with reduced risk for high blood pressure, blood sugar,
triglycerides, cholesterol and abdominal obesity; all major risk
factors for heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, and certain cancers.
It also raises blood levels of the heart-attack preventing good
HDL cholesterol (Journal of the American College of Cardiology,
March 15, 2011). Abnormal blood pressure is defined as above
120/80; fasting blood sugar as higher than 100 mg/dL; abdominal
obesity as 35 or more inches for women and 40 inches or more in
men; levels of the good HDL cholesterol as under 40 in men and
under 50 in women, and triglycerides as higher than 150 mg/dL.
The Mediterranean diet also contains whole grains, low-fat
dairy products, weekly consumption of fish, poultry, nuts and
legumes; and monounsaturated fatty acids such as olive oil.
Red meat, sugared foods and drinks, and processed foods are