The Mediterranean Diet Could Improve Your Quality of Life
The "Mediterranean diet", which includes lots of fruit, vegetables, legumes, fish, olive oil and nuts, has been the subject of numerous studies in the past several years. It has been linked to various health benefits and a recent, long-reaching study suggests that it may help your overall mental and physical wellbeing.
The study was published in the March 2012 issue of the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition and conducted by researchers at the University of Las Palmas do Gran Canaria in Spain.
The researchers collected dietary information using a validated 136-item food frequency questionnaire from 11,015 university students. Four years later, a health survey was used to assess self-perceived quality of life.
Using multivariate-adjusted models, the researchers found a correlation between adherence to the Mediterranean diet, all physical health markers, and most mental health markers, including vitality, social, functioning and emotional.
Those who adhered most strictly to the Mediterranean Diet scored especially well in the areas of vitality and general health. They also scored significantly higher in the areas of physical functioning and bodily pain.
This new study adds more evidence to back the many health benefits of a Mediterranean diet. Previous research has shown that the diet may improve heart health, lower the risk of Alzheimer's, diabetes, asthma, lower rates of obesity and even decrease the overall risk of mortality.