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Mediterranean diet linked to longer life

24th June 2009

New research has linked some of the food groups found in a typical Mediterranean diet with longer life.

Researchers claim eating more vegetables, fruits, nuts, pulses and olive oil, while not consuming a lot of meat or excessive amounts of alcohol are all linked to people living longer.

However, the paper that was published on bmj.com also shows other parts of the diet ? high intakes of fish, seafood and cereals and low levels of dairy ? are not linked with an increased life expectancy.

Researchers examined over 23,000 men and women who were given dietary and lifestyle questionnaires and were followed for 8.5 years.

The authors of today’s (June 24th) report claim when high intake of vegetables, low intake of meat or moderate alcohol were excluded from the rating system, the benefits of following a Mediterranean diet were substantially reduced.

They also note there are clear benefits in combining several of the key components, for example high consumption of vegetables and olive oil.

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