The Mediterranean diet is high in fish, fruits, vegetables, lean meats, olive oil, whole grains, and red wine. It reduces LDL cholesterol (“bad” cholesterol) and maintains blood sugar and insulin levels on an even keel.
Spanish researchers from the University of Navarra surveyed 10,000 students about their diets and then followed their health status for six years. The risk of obesity was 24 percent less in students who consumed the Mediterranean diet. The results may have been due to a healthier lifestyle rather than the diet. (Journal Of Clinical Nutrition, published online)