Ever since the 1950s, studies have found a Mediterranean diet, packed with vegetables, fish and olive oil, can improve health.
Now a study from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden suggests even older people who stick to the diet can increase their life expectancy by up
to three years. Scientists studied thousands of 70-year-olds in the Gothenburg region over 40 years as part of their 'H70' study.
found those who eat a Mediterranean diet have a 20 per cent higher
chance of living longer than those who consume a diet heavy in
animal-based products such as meat and milk.
'This means in practice
that older people who eat a Mediterranean diet live an estimated two to
three years longer than those who don’t', says Gianluca Tognon, from the
Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg.
The diet traditionally favoured by natives of countries such as Greece,
Spain and Italy is high in unsaturated fatty acids and antioxidants. It includes plenty of vegetables, olive oil, fruit, nuts, fish and whole grains and is low in meat and alcohol.
Source - Daily Mail