Mediterranean Diet Adds Years To Your Life

Mediterranean Diet Adds Years To Your Life

LAST UPDATED: 18 January, 2012 @ 8:31 pm
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BENEFICIAL: A diet high in fruits, vegetables, fish and wholegrain cereals

BENEFICIAL: A diet high in fruits, vegetables, fish and wholegrain cereals

THE Mediterranean diet, long renowned for its health benefits, could actually add three years to your life.

According to researchers the diet – high in fruits, vegetables, fish and wholegrain cereals – provides a rich source of anti-oxidants that prevent cancer, heart disease and can even slow the ageing process.

Indeed scientists from Sweden’s University of Gothenburg who studied the eating habits of 1,200 over-70s found participants who followed a Mediterranean style diet were 20 per cent more likely to be alive eight years later and lived far longer on average.

“In practice older people who eat a Mediterranean diet live an estimated two to three years longer than those who don’t,” explained Gianluca Tognon, whose study is published in the journal Age.

“There is no doubt that a Mediterranean diet is linked to better health.”

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