A duo of research reports suggests that it can be a good idea for men to get on board with the much-vaunted Mediterranean diet.
Following a Mediterranean diet benefits performance in memory and thinking in older adults, according to a study from the University of Edinburgh.
The Mediterranean diet centers mainly around plant-based foods, which makes this Mediterranean-inspired dish a heart-healthy option for taco night.
Researchers reported that those who adhered more closely to a Mediterranean diet had a 45%–50% lower risk for impaired cognitive function.
Among 250 healthy, overweight adults participating in a randomized controlled study, more than half (55%) went for IF (restricting intake 2 days a week), while 27% chose the Mediterranean diet (emphasizing whole grains, fruit and vegetables), and 18% opted to go Paleo (modified to allow some legumes and dairy). Participants also chose whether to try high-intensity interval training or a standard exercise regimen. After a brief educational session on their chosen diet, they completed assessments of their food intake, biometric measures and physical activity; these assessments were repeated at intervals.
The conversation around plant-based diets and protein has intensified. Eaters around the world are shifting away from animal protein, as plant-based diets grab the spotlight on our plates and on our menus.