Eat the Mediterranean way, you'll live healthier and longer, scientists say. Recent research shows that not only genes may largely determine a person's longevity but also following a healthy diet may add years to people's life-span. In particular, eating a mediterranean-style diet, high in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes, olive oil and fish and low in red meats and dairy, may increase your chances to live a longer life. In a recent study, scientists at the Universidad de Zaragoza in Spain found that people who followed a Mediterranean diet tended to have a longer lifespan and they were 10 to 20 percent less likely to die of heart disease, cancer or any other cause. The research showed that a strict adherence to the dietary principles of a Mediterranean diet may help bone metabolism, rheumatoid arthritis and neurodegenerative age-related diseases such as Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease.
Here's also a good website to discover more about the Mediterranean diet, its health benefits and most common recipes and get a personalized eating plan, based on your nutritional needs and provided by a team of nutritionists from the SISA (Italian Association of Food Science).