“Based on the test that was conducted over a four year period, the researchers noticed that people following the Mediterranean diet with extra virgin oil were 40 percent less likely to develop Type 2 diabetes, source LiveScience. Those belonging to the group that consumed nuts lowered the risk by 18 percent, which was not statistically significant.
‘The important message from this study is the value of a Mediterranean diet plan to satiety and overall health,” said Connie Diekman, director of university nutrition at Washington University in St. Louis. “Inclusion of plant foods, including nuts, along with the use of olive oil in place of solid fats provides a wider variety of phytonutrients, which promote health, aid metabolism and provide feelings of fullness, all important aspects of weight control.'”
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