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Old 02-25-2013, 10:20 PM   #1
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Conclusive Evidence in the fight against heart disease and stroke

I heard a story on NPR radio today that states that there has been a gold standard study that conclusively proves that the Mediterranean style diet, that features extra virgin olive oils, , nut oils, wholesome breads, and fresh vegetables helps to prevent heart failure and stroke in high risk people, including obese, and diabetic people.

Eating nuts, and healthy oils is recommended, even though they are calorie intensive, as they are required by the body to provide vitamin soluble nutrients, and all kinds of good things that help us to maintain good health. Here is a link:More proof Mediterranean diet can ward off heart disease - Yahoo! News
and another - http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/study-supports-heart-benefits-from-mediterranean-style-diets-201302255930.

So, when do you think they'll start serving this diet in the school lunch programs?

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Old 02-26-2013, 12:12 PM   #2
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Dunno, but I hope I get to eat in those cafeterias! Just as an aside to your links and another reason to eat this way, my sister gets her blood work done every year and this year her usual GP was away on mat leave so there was a locum in place. My sister got a call to come in to see the Dr because her cholesterol count was high. My sister rolled her eyes and went for the appointment knowing what would happen. The locum hadn't looked at the breakdown of LDL, HDL and triglycerides, just at the overall total, which looks bad. My sister's breakdown is almost entirely of HDL (the good cholesterol) and virtually none of the LDL. Gotta love that diet!
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Old 02-27-2013, 12:21 PM   #3
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Eating nuts, and healthy oils is recommended,......

So, when do you think they'll start serving this diet in the school lunch programs?

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I think that the price of nuts and olive oil is going to go up....
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Old 02-27-2013, 01:59 PM   #4
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I think that the price of nuts and olive oil is going to go up....
The commodity price of extra virgin olive oil has been steadily rising since last July. Drought damage in Spain was one big reason. But the price was very low from Spring 2010 through last summer. And it's still well below the high in Spring 2008. Of course, were also seeing more and more artisanal EVOO's that are never in the commodities market and are always expensive. It's a good time to beware of major labels. The incentive for fraud is right now high, and there are few more shady businesses than olive oil and honey.

Walnuts have been up and down, because there's been a lot of factors - China reselling commodity nuts, large harvests, etc. But prices are high historically. Good news is that pecan prices that have been crushingly high should be dropping. Export demand is down and harvests are larger. (The Chinese discovered pecans and were buying huge amounts.) It was getting a little silly when I could pick up $200 retail worth of pecans in an hour.
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Old 02-27-2013, 02:06 PM   #5
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I heard the same show I bet. This study is nothing new. It's been well known fact for quite some time in the medical community that in the Mediterranean there is the least amount of heart attacks in the world.
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Old 02-27-2013, 04:22 PM   #6
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It has more to do with the proportion of NON-processed food being consumed rather than the region. =)
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Old 02-28-2013, 02:52 AM   #7
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Goodweed mate, being married to a Croatian Pescatarian means that my diet was very med, it was the smoking and drinking in the past that got me.
I learned a lot of things in hospital , one of the main ones was your heart can stop beating and you dont die.
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Old 02-28-2013, 05:40 AM   #8
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are you of the un-dead now, bolas?




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Old 02-28-2013, 08:14 AM   #9
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Goodweed mate, being married to a Croatian Pescatarian means that my diet was very med, it was the smoking and drinking in the past that got me.
I learned a lot of things in hospital , one of the main ones was your heart can stop beating and you dont die.
Good to see you my friend. I haven't seen a lot of your posts in a while. And, I'm glad your not one of the waling dead. My cousin, who is also one of my best fishing buddies, had a mild heart attack yesterday. he did the stress test, and we still don't know the results. He eats a more healthy diet than most. But, he doesn't get as much excersise as he should, though he's not obese. I don't know the health history of his paternal side. I do know that the maternal side is free of heart issues. Ya just never know. So it behooves all of us to do the best we can to stay healthy. My cousin is in his mid-30's.

No history of heart disease in my bloodline either, paternal, or maternal. Diabetics is in my history, and a problem for me. Even with that, those who came before me tended to die of strokes, but not until they were about 89 and above years of age.

And mortality is by definition, limited, I personally think that it's just as important to take care of my spiritual well being as well. And that's all I'm gonna say 'bout that.

Proper diet, exercise, and prayer, a recipe for a better life, IMHO.

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There was a fella name John Kelly. He ran and won the Boston Marathon on more than one occassion. He was on the short side and thin as could be. He had a massive heart attack. Shocked the running world as well as the whole Boston Community. Couldn't say he was unfit or overweight. Can't help but wonder what his diet was.
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