Mediterranean Diet Experts Opinions

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Most health and nutrition experts agree that the mediterranean-type diet is one which is good for health, as it is not restrictive and includes many foods which are essential for good health.

The Lyon Diet Heart study, which was funded by the American Heart Association, looked at the mediterranean diet to determine if a controlled study showed that it prevented risk of heart disease. Not only did the study confirm this, but the study also showed that the mediterranean-type diet also lowered risk for many cancers of the gastrointestinal tract.

This is what the health experts say about this diet:

  • American Heart Association approves of this diet
  • American Cancer Society recommends this diet
  • The Australian Heart Foundation approves of this diet
  • Monash University endorses this diet
  • The Cancer Council of Australia endorses this diet
  • Diabetes Australia approves of this diet
  • The Australian National Prescribing Service endorses this diet
  • American Diabetes Association cautiously endorses this diet
The Mediterranean diet may be really beneficial for heart heath and to help prevent certain cancers

Explanation of Experts Opinions

  1. The American Heart Association cautiously approves of this diet based on the Lyon Diet Heart study which was a randomised, controlled trial with over 600 people who had all survived a heart attack. About half of the subjects (302) were put on a Mediterranean-type diet and the other half of the subject, the control group (303) were given no dietary advice from the researchers but were asked by their doctors to follow a heart-smart diet. The results of this study (after 46 months, about 4 years) showed that the people on the Mediterranean-type diet had a 50–70 percent lower risk of recurrent heart disease (heart attack, stroke and death) than the control group. The Lyon Diet Heart study showed that even those people eating as per the mediterannean-type had high blood lipid levels, they still had much lower risk of heart disease than the control group
  2. The American Cancer Society approves of this diet based on the results of the Lyon Diet Heart study, which showed that a Mediterranean-type diet lowers the risk of many cancers. Researchers noted that people in the Lyon study who ate the Mediterranean diet had fewer cancers of the throat, and urinary and digestive tracts, compared to those in the control group that were on a diet approved by the American Heart Association
  3. The Australia Heart Foundation, based on the Lyon Diet Heart Study favours and approves of the mediterranean-type diet for the same reasons as the American Heart Association
  4. Monash university, Melbourne endorses the mediterranean diet as one which helps to lower risk of cardiovascular disease. Monash university together with the Cancer council of Victoria conducted a 10 year study into the dietary patterns of about 40,000 people aged between 40-69 living in Melbourne
  5. The Cancer Council of Victoria, based on the research (also known as Health 2020) conducted together with Monash University, endorses this diet as one which helps to significantly lower risk of certain gastrointestinal cancers
  6. Diabetes Australia approves of a mediterranean-type diet to help reduce risk of developing type 2 diabetes
  7. The National Prescribing Service in Australia approves of this diet for people at risk of heart disease, for people with heart disease and for anyone wanting to avoid heart disease, based on the results of the Lyon Diet Heart Study
  8. The American Diabetes Association endorses this diet as one which helps to lower risk of diabetes and especially the complications associated with diabetes such as cardiovascular disease



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