Sunday, August 5, 2012

‘How to Live to 110: Your comprehensive guide to a healthy life’ by Brian Kirby and Tim Kirby

The Mediterranean diet and the DASH diet
"The Mediterranean and DASH diets have both shown positive results in studies, with people who follow them over a long period having lower levels of disease. You should be able to find books on them easily if you wish.'
"The Mediterranean diet is a modern version of the traditional diet in Greece and southern Italy. It uses plenty of vegetables, fruit, cheese and yoghurt. Olive oil is the main source of fat. Very little red meat is eaten, and only moderate amounts of fish, poultry and eggs. A low to moderate amount of wine is also part of the diet.'
"Many people find this an enjoyable diet and one that is fairly easy to stick to. Overall, it is quite low in fat, and very low in saturated fat.'
"A 10-year study found that the Mediterranean diet plus a healthy lifestyle were associated with a major reduction in early death rates.'
"The DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet was developed to reduce high blood pressure and has been shown to do so quickly and effectively. It emphasises low levels of salt, and is based on vegetables, fruit and low-fat dairy products. It has a lot of support from the main health organisations in the United States."
(p. 274, 'How to Live to 110: Your comprehensive guide to a healthy life' by Brian Kirby and Tim Kirby - Magna)

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