Mediterranean diet helps to better the overall cognitive function among older adults, according to a research.
During the study conducted under the topic Health and Retirement Study, researchers had taken into consideration 5,907 older adults. The participants had to fill the questionnaires about their eating habits.
The researchers then measured the participants' cognitive abilities--mostly on their memory and attention skills.
According to the findings of the study, older people who ate a Mediterranean-style diet had 35 percent lower risk of scoring poorly on cognitive tests. In addition to this even those who ate a moderate Mediterranean-style diet had 15 percent lower risk.
The Mediterranean diet is rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, potatoes, nuts, olive oil and fish. Processed foods, fried and fast foods, snack foods, red meat, poultry and whole-fat dairy foods are infrequently eaten on the Mediterranean diet.
Few other health benefits of mediterranean diet are listed here. Take a look.
1. Good For Heart:
Mediterranean diet is rich in monounsaturated fats and omega-3 foods that are good for the heart. Olive oil and fish that are contained in the mediterranean diet helps in maintaining the cholesterol level.
2. Prevent Diabetes:
Mediterranean diet is rich in fibre and low in sugar containing foods. Hence it helps in preventing diabetes.
3. Good For Weight Loss:
Rich in fibre containing foods, mediterranean diet aids in weight loss in a healthy way.
4. Prevents Stress:
Low in processed foods, rich in fibre containing foods like fruits, vegetables and wholegrains mediterranean diet is good for preventing stress and anxiety.
5. Helps Fight Cancer:
Mediterranean diet is rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, rich in fibre and antioxidants rich vegetables and fruits. Several studies have found that the mediterranean diet helps to fight cancer.