Drinking Alcohol is Part of Healthful (or Healthy) Mediterranean Diet
The Mediterranean diet has long been recognized as being unusually effective in promoting good health and in reducing the risks of developing cardiovascular diseases.
The diet consists of consuming alcohol (beer, wine and liquor) regularly and in moderation; limiting the intake of meat and dairy products; consuming lots of vegetables, legumes, nuts, fruits, cereals and fish; and emphasizing the consumption of monounsaturated fats over saturated fats.
At the 2013 annual meeting of the European Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation, Dr. Antonia Tricholpoulou and colleagues of the University of Athens, presented an analysis of Greek data from another European study called EPIC.
They calculated the specific sources of the health benefits provided by the Mediterranean diet to be:
- Moderate alcohol (beer, wine, liquor) consumtion (24%)
- Low intake of meat and meat products (17%)
- High vegetable consumption (16%)
- High nut and fruit consumption (11%)
- high ration of monounsaturated-to-saturated lipid consumption (primarily in the form of olive oil)
- High legume consumption (11%)
In addition to reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases, the diet is also associated with numerous other health and longevity benefits.
- Phend, Crystal. Mediterranean Diet Still being Refined. MedPage Today, Aprill 22, 2013; American Council on Science and Health. Clarifying the Mediterranean diet. Health and Science Dispatch. May, 2013.
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