A new paper confirms that a Mediterranean diet rich in “healthy” fats — such as those found in olive oil, eggs, nuts and fatty fish — might lower your risk of heart disease, breast cancer and type 2 diabetes.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death among adults in the United States, followed by cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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More research is needed to determine exactly why certain foods in a high-fat Mediterranean diet are associated with a lower risk of cancer and other ailments, said Dr. Hanna Bloomfield, core investigator at the Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Chronic Disease Outcomes Research and lead author of the paper.
“It is not known but may be because of an anti-inflammatory effect,” she added. Nonetheless, the paper offers even more support for the long list of benefits that the diet offers.
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