Tuesday 130226

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10:30 am Sunday Blizzard Squad….Damn right Luke!

I guess it’s because I’ve been studying diet for as long as I’ve been doing crossfit, but it always surprises me when dietary studies are conducted and huge money is spent to come to the same results that seem so obvious to our community.  This was on the front page of the New York Times website yesterday, Mediterranean Diet Can Cut Heart Disease, Study Finds.  A Mediterranean Diet consists of olive oil, nuts, fish, fruits and vegetables.   Sound familiar?  From the article, “The magnitude of the diet’s benefits startled experts. The study ended early, after almost five years, because the results were so clear it was considered unethical to continue.”  I understand that the majority of the population doesn’t concern themselves with diet as much as we do, but we could have probably told them what  the study would yield long before the results came in.

Here’s how the study went.  There were three groups of participants.  One group was told to follow a low fat diet.  The other two groups would follow the Mediterranean diet.  All three groups were provided counseling to make following the diets easier.  The two groups following the Mediterranean diet had different requirements.  One group was told to consume olive oil and the other was given a mix of walnuts, almonds, and hazelnuts.  Again, sound familiar?  From the article. “The mainstays of the diet consisted of at least three servings a day of fruits and at least two servings of vegetables. Participants were to eat fish at least three times a week and legumes, which include beans, peas and lentils, at least three times a week. They were to eat white meat instead of red, and, for those accustomed to drinking, to have at least seven glasses of wine a week with meals.”

Ready for the startling instructions given to the participants?  “They were encouraged to avoid commercially made cookies, cakes and pastries and to limit their consumption of dairy products and processed meats.”  Brilliant advice!  

The Mediterranean diet lowered the participants rate of heart disease, but I think we all could have guessed that without the study.  

Check out the full article here.




  1. Leslie :
  2. Phil :

    I like the 7 glasses of wine requirement…

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