Do you want to live longer? Eat as the Mediterraneans do. Since the ‘50s, numerous research studies have shown that a diet rich in fish and vegetables is better for health than a diet high in meat and animal-based products. Recently, four independent studies arrived at the same conclusion: a Mediterranean diet can lead to a longer life.
One of the studies, carried out by scientists at the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg and which lasted for four decades, examined and compared the health of 70-year-olds whose diet consisted of fish and vegetables with those whose diet contained more animal-based products. The study, named the “H70 study,” found that the group of 70-year-olds who ate a Mediterranean diet increased their chances of living longer by 20 percent.
Sahlgrenska Academy scientist, Gianluca Tognon, explains that this translates to approximately 23 more years of life for older people who eat a Mediterranean diet compared to those who eat very little fish and vegetables.
Three other studies, one in Denmark, the other in Sweden, and the third involving children, also looked at the link between a Mediterranean diet and longer life and arrived at the same results.
Tognon adds that the results of all four studies prove without a doubt that “… a Mediterranean diet is linked to better health, not only for the elderly but also for youngsters.”