What is the healthiest diet?
That question ought to be something that science settled long ago. However, despite medical advances and our understanding of the human body and how it works, there remains much discussion and debate about which foods are best for us.
Fortunately, that argument may have been put to rest by a very large, rigorous study from the New England Journal of Medicine. It was a study of 7,447 people in Spain who were followed for almost five years.
The researchers, from the New England Journal of Medicine, found that adhering to a Mediterranean diet led to a significant reduction in the number of strokes. Indeed, the study was halted early because the results were so striking that all participants in the study were switched to the clearly superior diet.
So what is the Mediterranean diet?
Here are some surprising highlights:
Olive oil: 4 tbsp/day
Walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts and peanuts: 3 servings/week
Fresh fruits: 3 servings/day
Vegetables: 2 servings/day
Fish (especially fatty fish), seafood: 3 servings/week
Legumes: 3 servings/week
Wine with meals (optional): 7 glasses/week
What does the Mediterranean diet recommend against?
Here are some common sense limits, which we should stay below:
Commercial baked goods, sweets, pastries: 3 servings/week
Spreadable fats: 1 serving/day
Red and processed meats: 1 serving/day
Here at Mills Chiropractic we offer nutritional counseling in the Bedford, Texas area. We want to help you live a healthier life, whether that means we relieve your back and neck pain or we offer chiropractor recommended diets. Call us to find out how we can benefit your health.