Significant Health Benefits of a Mediterranean Diet and Wine are Reported

Evidence of the cardiovascular benefits of a healthy diet along with the consumption of a moderate amount of wine continues to mount.

A major clinical study published in this past week’s issue of The New England Journal of Medicine shows diet–including wine–has a major impact on heart health. There is a nice, layman’s summary of the study in Monday’s New York Times:

About 30 percent of heart attacks, strokes and deaths from heart disease can be prevented in people at high risk if they switch to a Mediterranean diet rich in olive oil, nuts, beans, fish, fruits and vegetables, and even drink wine with meals…

The magnitude of the diet’s benefits startled experts. The study ended early because the results were so compelling, the study monitors considered it unethical to continue.

Once again, we are reminded that a healthy diet, specifically one high in olive oil, legumes, fruits, vegetables and lean protein such as fish along with the consumption of wine is a very good way to reduce cardiac risk, and to actually prevent heart attacks and stroke.

Read the NY Times summary here.

Doug Salthouse