We have been writing about the health-promoting properties of the Mediterranean diet on our website many times. So far, various types of scientific studies have pointed mainly to the links between the Mediterranean diet and the smaller incidence of specific diseases. However, the results of the research recently published by the Annals of Internal Medicine also show the beneficial effects of this diet on better quality of health after the age of 70. They prove its special role in the so-called healthy aging.
Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School and the School of Public Health at Harvard decided to study the impact of the Mediterranean diet on the aging process. 10,670 women participated in the study. These women in 1984 and 1986 responded to the questionnaire regarding nutrition. All these people were then around 60 years old. The questions they answered at that time concerned their eating habits and the frequency of consumption of specific product groups.
After 15 years, participants of this study were asked to complete another questionnaire regarding their state of health and lifestyle. The results showed that those women who followed the Mediterranean diet had 40% more chances to exceed the age of 70 compared to people who eat differently.
In addition, these people were referred to as "healthy middle-aged" because they did not suffer from kidney disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes or Parkinson's disease, which were popular in this age. All were also physically fit, with no signs of cognitive impairment or mental health problems.
In general, the healthy population consumed larger amounts of plant foods, whole grains and marine fish. Their diet also contained less red and processed meat and less alcohol.
According to the researchers, these results may encourage people to follow a healthy diet so that they can enjoy good health for a long time. They found that the better quality diet would be consumed by middle-aged people, the better health they would be able to enjoy later. These are important conclusions that should be emphasized when promoting healthy eating. Maintaining physical and mental health during the natural aging process is certainly a strong incentive to change your diet and lifestyle. A long life without disease is probably a dream for all people, so it is worth changing the way of nutrition to take care as soon as possible to enjoy health and full fitness for as long as possible.
Coming back from a holiday in Crete, we bring with us a tan, many pictures and a bag of beautiful memories connected with visiting this charming corner of Greece. However, holidays in Crete are not only breathtaking landscapes, sun or monuments, but also a feast for the palate. Greeks know how to appreciate the multitude of fresh vegetables and fruits, which is why even the simplest dish tastes great there. Greek cuisine shows that very little food would have to be made from simple ingredients. It is also worth remembering that in many scientific studies the local diet has been recognized as one of the healthiest and most sustainable in the world. Greek cuisine can make eating vegetables a pleasure. One thing is for sure, our taste buds were probably born in Crete, because the local cuisine won over our hearts or stomachs.
On the Internet you will find a lot of articles about the quality of oil and its health properties. This is a topic that has been very well developed by many researchers. Recently, however, Greek and American scientists have decided to devote more attention to olives themselves, ie the fruit of the Olea europe tree. The results of their research show that, depending on the method of processing used, olives retain different levels of valuable antioxidants.
When browsing the stalls with local products in Crete, you will certainly find Malotira, the so-called. Moutain Tea. This popular plant known under the Latin name sideritis syriaca grows wild in the mountainous areas of Crete in the Lefka Ori massif, thanks to which it is devoid of pollution. Malotira is one of many species of gentile, which is popular in the Mediterranean, the Balkans and the Middle East. Sideritis syriaca is a variation occurring only on Crete, and the specific smell of this dried plant and the flavor of the infusion are irresistibly associated with this island.