Mediterranean diet is a useful ally in preventing cardiovascular diseases.
Recent studies carried out by researchers of the University of Ben-Gurion (Israeli) found mediterranean eating style, rich in legumes, fruit and vegetables, could reduce the fatty build up in arteries, so decreasing the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
Atherosclerosis is a progressive condition in which an artery wall thickens as the result of a build-up of fatty materials such as cholesterol. Risk factors like a high-fat diet may increase the onset of this pathology. On the other hand, according to the Israeli research, a more healthy diet could not only help prevent atherosclerosis from arising, but also carry out a useful role in reducing plaque build-up.
The study of 140 people, reported in the journal Circulation, found that by the end of the two-year study the arterial wall had been cut by 5%.
I guess it is. Ten to 15 years ago it was thought that fatty build-up in the arteries was irreversible, but since then drugs trials have shown that it is possible for fatty deposits to be cut. Now this Israeli research proves that you can do something to reduce plaque build-up, even without drugs, just with a healthy eating style. That's quite a revolutionary result, I think, even if the scale of reduction in the volume of artery walls seems relatively small.
Thank you so much! I'm just trying to share what I've read/learnt about healthy eating with people I think may be interested in finding out more... Mediterranean diet is the one I was raised on (I'm italian) and I appreciate it as a good way to combine healthy eating with flavor and taste, so I like to keep myself up-to-date about late studies and researches regarding it. Happy to hear that what I wrote is interesting and useful for other people!