On 11th February, Ramón Estruch, one of the world’s leading experts on the effects of diet on health, is presenting the main findings from the PREDIMED Study he is directing to a select group of US healthcare professionals. Estruch will speak about the health benefits of eating a Mediterranean Diet supplemented by extra virgin olive oil at the Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Lives conference organized by The Culinary Institute of America and Harvard University’s T. H. Chan School of Public Health, to be held in Napa Valley, California. The presentation will be completed with a cooking demonstration by a prestigious Spanish chef who has been living in the US for more than 30 years and a habitual CIA collaborator, Daniel Olivella, who will prove that flavor and health can go hand in hand. Three days later, Ramón Estruch, will speak about his experience leading the Predimed Study to a group of healthcare professionals on the East Coast of the United States at the Spanish embassy in Washington.
What is the PREDIMED Study?
The PREDIMED Study is the most influential research that has been done in recent decades on the effects of what we eat on our health. Specifically, it attempts to measure the cardioprotective effect of the Mediterranean Diet supplemented with extra virgin olive oil. To do so, a total of 7,447 people were selected who had a high risk of developing cardiovascular diseases. Divided into three groups, one of them ate a diet supplemented with extra virgin olive oil for five years. The second ate a diet supplemented with nuts while the third, the control group, ate a low-fat diet which is typically recommended to patients at risk for cardiovascular diseases.
Conclusions from the PREDIMED study
After a data analysis, the PREDIMED Study proved that participants who followed a Mediterranean Diet supplemented with extra virgin olive oil:
- Had up to 40% less risks of developing diabetes than those who followed a low-fat diet
- Saw their risk of a cardiovascular accident or stroke reduced by 30%
- Experienced slower cognitive deterioration as is typical of ageing
- We better able to control their weight
What exactly is the Mediterranean Diet?
The Mediterranean Diet is the healthiest nutrition model. It’s a rich and varied diet based on the consumption of fruit, vegetables, legumes, fish, grains, nuts and olive oil as the main source of fat.
Source: Fundación Dieta Mediterránea.
But the Mediterranean Diet is not only a way to eat, it’s a lifestyle. To live a healthy life, you not only have to eat appropriately, enjoying each dish, you have to do physical exercise that is adapted to your age and abilities and get adequate rest.
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