What's getting the world's attention, however, is the ingredient they said made the biggest difference in longevity.
Hey, read the abstract:
The dominant components of the Mediterranean diet score as a predictor of lower mortality are moderate consumption of ethanol, low consumption of meat and meat products, and high consumption of vegetables, fruits and nuts, olive oil, and legumes.
The moderate alcohol intake represented 23.5% of the health benefits, the study concluded, followed by the low meat consumption and high veggie intake, at around 16%. And the study was not a one-shot -- it was done over 8 years.
Note, please, they suggested moderate alcohol consumption. Some bruschetta (heavy on the tomatoes), a nice pasta with maybe a little meat in the sauce, some olives on the side, roasted zucchini, and a fine chianti for two. The exercise following is even good for your heart.
I'd like that meal if it killed me. But it doesn't. You get lucky every which way. Science!
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