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“Greener” Mediterranean Diet Heart Health Boon, Study Finds

A new study found that a green Mediterranean diet that contains less meat could be a way to promote a health heart. The study showed that eaters who consumed plant-based proteins and a limited amount of poultry and red meat had healthier hearts when compared to a traditional Mediterranean diet. A traditional version would have meat and seafood combined with veggies, whole grains and olive oil in moderation.

Three groups of obese patients, mostly mean, were giving different kinds of instruction on physical activity and nutritional guidance in the form of versions of the Mediterranean diet.

Patients following the green Mediterranean diet lost 13.7 pounds compared to those following the traditional version who lost 11.9 pounds. Those who were given just general guidelines lost only 3.3 pounds. Likewise, the groups lost 3.4, 2.7 and 1.7 inches at the waistline.

This study helps to confirm previous research results that all found that adults who a plant-based or vegan diet tend to have the most success with weight loss and decreasing body fat. Many nutrition experts agree there is no downside to upping one’s intake of leafy greens, legumes and nuts and provide plenty of protein.