The Mediterranean Diet Works, but Only if You're Well-Off

Fagjun | Published 2017-08-07 16:25

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New research has found that the famed Mediterranean diet is indeed effective—if you belong to a higher socio-economic bracket, that is.

 

This diet has gained traction for its health benefits. It's called Mediterranean because it's based on the diet of people in countries bordering the Mediterranean sea. The diet is thus heavy on fish, fruit, vegetables, nuts, whole grain, and olive oil, while being light on things like white bread and fatty meat. Health professionals have lauded the diet for being good for cardiovascular health, lowering the risk of breast cancer, easing depression, and maintaining the mental capacities of senior citizens.

 

Thus, the Mediterranean diet is indeed healthy and effective. What previous studies didn't account for, however, is socio-economic status. Researchers have found that if you're in a higher socio-economic bracket and are well-educated, the diet is likely to work better for you. However, if you're not as well-off or as educated, it's likely that diet won't work as well for you.

 

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