27 N+S The Mediterranean Diet


QUOTE from Dr Fung (emphasis mine):

“Widely acknowledged as healthy, the Mediterranean diet is high in oleic acid, the monounsaturated fats contained in olive oil. Olives are native to the Mediterranean region, and olive oil was being produced as early as 4500 BC. Ripe olive fruit is crushed into a paste and the oil is extracted using a press. The term “virgin” refers to oil that is extracted using these mechanical means only and is certainly the best choice.”[1]

The investigators found that study participants who followed a Mediterranean diet demonstrated a noticeable improvement in sleep quality, particularly among those 65 to 75 years old. “Adherence to this healthy dietary pattern was negatively associated with the following components: trouble falling asleep and sleep disturbance, and positively with sleep adequacy,” says senior author, Mary Yannakoulia PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at Harokopio University in Athens, Greece. “Interestingly, we also reported that following the Mediterranean diet was not significantly related to sleep duration (number of hours asleep),” she says. In fact, sleep quality is viewed as a more complete index, making it the most important sleep measure associated with dietary choices, whereas sleep duration appears less sensitive and not significantly associated with diet.” Dr. Yannakoulia and her team believe that many aspects of this particular anti inflammatory eating pattern may play a role in improved sleep quality. “Poor sleep quality has been linked to high levels of markers of inflammation and oxidation. Anti-inflammatory factors, as well as antioxidative properties, have been extensively attributed to the Mediterranean dietary pattern,”4-6 says Dr. Yannakoulia.[2]

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SOURCE – Footnotes:
[1] Quote from The Obesity Code: Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss by Dr. Jason Fung; Greystone Books (March 3, 2016). Page 231. 

[2] Quote from “Mediterranean Diet: Anti Inflammatory Foods Behind Health Benefits
Written by Jennifer Lutz with Mary Yannakoulia PhD, and Teresa T. Fung, ScD, RDN, at https://www.endocrineweb.com/news/diabetes/60722-mediterranean-diet-anti-inflammatory-foods-behind-health-benefits

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