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Friday, March 24, 2017

Is the Mediterranean Diet the New Ambiguous Diet?

Along these lines, there is less snacking and longer periods between meals, and many have pointed out that this may be a large part of the benefit seen in the initial studies assessing the Greek population. The constituents of the original Mediterranean diet study fasted for up to 103 days per year. This was astutely pointed out by Katerina Sarri and her group in Crete. Fasting provides a plethora of health benefits, including cardiovascular benefits,5–7 improved brain health,9 and potential anticancer effects.8

Her group found significant consumption differences between the fasting versus non-fasting Greek Orthodox Christians living in Crete for over a year. Greek Orthodox Christians often fast multiple times over the year: 40 days during Christmas, 48 days during Lent, and 15 days during the Assumption.10 The initial study published the year before made no assessment of the effect of fasting, nor did they even mention fasting.11


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