Friday, April 08, 2005

Eat like a Greek and live... a bit longer

From BBC News today:
Scientists have produced powerful evidence that a Mediterranean diet rich in vegetables and fruit and low in saturated fats can help us live longer.

It has long been thought that the diet can help to improve general health.

But a major pan-Europe study of 74,607 men and women aged over 60 has shown closely following the diet can actually extend life by up to one year.


One year?! And that's if the study is accurate and you go the whole hog - not just adding a bit of olive oil and red wine here and there. And that's so that you can live that year longer - for example, dying at 79 instead of 80.

Let's face it: diet has limited impact on health outcomes, if any.

Healthy Med diet can extend life, BBC News, 8 April 2005

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