- Juanita Weaver-Reiss
This blog is not about having more money, or such. It is about a review of research that shows eating fats found in the Mediterranean diet may be beneficial in protecting against heart disease and breast cancer. The type of fat eaten does matter in health outcomes according to the lead study author Dr. Hanna Bloomfield of the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Minnesota.
While participating in the clinical trials, participants were told to use monounsaturated such as olive oil and canola oil and to limit their intake of red meats which contain large amounts of saturated fats.
The Mediterranean diet includes many servings of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, olive oil, and lean meats such as chicken or fish. For this current review of studies, Bloomfield and colleagues analyzed 56 previously published studies.
The take away message from the review is that a Mediterranean diet with no restriction on fat intake may help to reduce heart disease, breast cancer, and type 2 diabetes.
So it is the type of fat in the diet and changing the focus of the diet from a more meat based diet to a plant based diet. So more is better if you mean you are going to have olive oil in or on something you eat and if you intend to eat more from fruits, vegetables, whole grains as a way to improve health and decrease risk for heart disease, breast cancer, and diabetes.
What are your thoughts?