New ‘green’ Mediterranean diet better for weight loss, study shows

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People, especially men, who ate an abundance of plant-based proteins and very little poultry and red meat had more benefits for the cardiovascular system and metabolism when consuming the green Mediterranean diet compared to the typical Mediterranean diet, according to a Nov. 23 press release on a study.

“The main message of this study is that a Mediterranean diet further restricted in red meat consumption and with a parallel increase in green-plant–based protein with high polyphenol and phytosterols content may provide greater cardiometabolic protection compared to a healthy Mediterranean diet and it will aid in reducing LDL-cholesterol,” study co-author Iris Shai, a professor of epidemiology and public health at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beersheba, Israel told.

Mediterranean diet participants lost more weight than those on the healthy diet. The green Mediterranean diet resulted in 13.7 pounds dropped and the traditional one led to 11.9 pounds lost. The healthy diet led to a 3.3-pound weight loss. The green Mediterranean diet also resulted in a greater decrease in waist circumference, with 3.4 inches compared to 2.7 inches from the traditional diet and 1.7 inches from the healthy diet.