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The Mediterranean Diet May Help Decrease Total Mortality (Death) Risk

In a randomized study in Spain, 7,216 people were assigned to one of three diets: a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil, a Mediterranean diet supplemented with mixed nuts, or a control diet (with advice to reduce dietary fat intake).1

During a median follow-up of 4.8 years, participants consuming greater than 3 servings of nuts per week had a 39% lower mortality risk compared to people who rarely or never consumed nuts. A similar protective effect was observed against cardiovascular and cancer mortality, and participants in the Mediterranean diet with nuts group – who consumed greater than 3 servings of nuts per week – had a 63% lower risk of total mortality.1

  1. Guasch-Ferré, Marta, et al. "Frequency of nut consumption and mortality risk in the PREDIMED nutrition intervention trial." BMC medicine11.1 (2013): 1. < https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3738153/>

 

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Posted by Jason Paruthi, MD