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Mediterranean Diet Key to Growing Old Gracefully

Following the Mediterranean diet is not only tasty, but has a great benefit on your brain health. Recent research conducted at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago tracked nearly 4,000 adults over the age of 65. Their results confirmed what we’ve heard many times: the so-called Mediterranean Diet, a diet rich in fruit, vegetables and olive oil, helps your brain to age gracefully.

Published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, this research proved that those who followed the diet were less likely to struggle with everyday tasks as they grew older. The study also revealed that those on a steady diet of healthy foods performed much better than those who ate lots of red meat, white bread and processed foods, often known as the “American” diet. Researchers found that the best performers consumed lots of fruit, vegetables, fish, olive oil, beans, nuts and moderate amounts of alcohol. The foods have a positive affect on the brain, protecting it by reducing damage caused by oxidative stress.

If you’ve never tried the Mediterranean diet, you are in for a tasty treat. From paninis to vinaigrette, artichoke soup to a delicious salad, you can eat delicious foods while doing something good for your waistline and your brain.


January 3rd, 2011

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Lindsey, move a little bit at a time. We made a switch to olive oil slowly and added in a bit of the other things over time. It wasn't 100% successful, but any step in the right direction is a positive.

posted Jan 5th, 2011 1:23 pm


Interesting to read some of the science behind what shouls nowadays be common sense...but is not always easy to do!

posted Jan 5th, 2011 8:53 am


Interesting facts. Personally I'd have a hard time switching with young kids.

posted Jan 4th, 2011 9:02 pm


Sounds Yummy!!

posted Jan 4th, 2011 5:47 pm


I had no idea the Mediterranean diet was a thing! Whenever we decide to eat better, we essentially go to a Mediterranean way of eating.

posted Jan 3rd, 2011 3:51 pm


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