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June 27, 2009

Anatomy of health effects of Mediterranean diet: Greek EPIC prospective cohort study

"Conclusion: The dominant components of the Mediterranean diet score as a predictor of lower mortality are moderate consumption of ethanol, low consumption of meat and meat products, and high consumption of vegetables, fruits and nuts, olive oil, and legumes. Minimal contributions were found for cereals and dairy products, possibly because they are heterogeneous categories of foods with differential health effects, and for fish and seafood, the intake of which is low in this population."

Read more in British Medical Journal, June 23, 2009.

Comment: Though not HIV-related, this study may be worth noting re healthy diets. Obviously many other factors can affect the pros and cons of moderate alcohol use (which in this case was generally wine with meals).