Can Mediterranean Diet Reduce Risk of Incident Stroke?
Eric Bakker, the naturopath here.
Thanks for coming back.
We’re going to talk about the Mediterranean
diet, not the keto diet, not the paleo diet,
not the jelly bean diet, not the Hollywood
diet or whatever diet you want to talk about.
The Mediterranean diet, all right.
We’re talking olive oil, we’re talking nuts.
We’re talking almonds, pistachios, walnuts,
nuts like that.
We’re talking beans, we’re talking legumes,
we’re talking fruits, we’re talking olives,
we’re talking lots of fish, low dairy, very
Small amounts of meat, not much meat.
So it’s definitely not the keto or paleo.
But there is fat in it, and it’s olive oil
and fish oil are the big fats.
So here’s a diet Professor Ailsa Welsh, I
think is her name, lady from the Norwich Medical
This is a study conducted over 17 years.
23,232 people participated in this study.
Men and women aged between 40 and 77.
They track these people for a long period
You know what they found?
They found the people following very closely
the Mediterranean diet…
Now we’re not talking large amounts of meat
here, we’re talking the Mediterranean diet.
I’m using that word a lot.
I’ll explain why in a minute.
People following this diet had a 17% less
risk of stroke among all adults.
So 22,232 people, out of that whole group,
there was a 17% less risk of stroke.
But the crazy thing was, the women tended
to have a 17% more protective effect and the
men only a 6%, and this is regardless of what
kind of hormonal status the woman was, or
even if she was on HRT, like hormone replacement
therapy or not, it made no difference.
She had the 17% less risk of stroke just by
following the Mediterranean diet.
Isn’t that amazing?
So why the Mediterranean diet?
Well, think about this sort of big sea, this
big ocean, the Mediterranean and where it’s
So it’s sort of subtropical, lots of sardines,
lots of figs, lots of olives.
Nice warm, sunny climate.
Also the people tend to be, in my opinion
of talking to experts regarding this topic,
people who live a Mediterranean life tend
to be more social.
They tend to relax more, they have longer
They walk a lot more, they’re more physically
active, they’re socially very active.
And also they do quite a lot.
They don’t sit around playing Xbox all day.
So there’s a lot to be said for it.
I read another very interesting study and
it said now that the big food companies are
taking over where big tobacco left off.
So we all know how tobacco was promoted to
the masses in the ’50s and ’60s and now of
course junk food’s promoted in exactly the
You think the Mediterranean people are keen
on Kentucky Fried Chicken and Domino’s Pizza
and stuff like that?
Maybe the younger generation, but the older
generation, they made that kind of stuff.
They cook that at home.
They made their own chicken dishes and pizzas
and things like that.
They didn’t get on the iPhone and dial up.
So there’s a lot to be said for the Mediterranean
So it’s a diet that I personally like and
I followed for many years.
Lots of olive oil, lots of fish, but I put
salmon in mine as well, which is not really
Avocados, nuts and seeds, legumes, these are
all very important aspects of the diet.
So in my opinion, it’s one of the best diets
to follow, is this low meat, high fish diet,
particularly if you add all those nice summer
vegetables and fresh fruits in there too.
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Thanks for checking out the video.