For a while now we were being told how good the Mediterranean diet is for us and in fact it has been seen that people living on this diet are seen to be healthier and live longer. However, a recent study has revealed that this diet may not be as good for all of us.
It has been suggested by this new study published in the journal Arteriosclerosis that the Mediterranean Diet could increase cardiac problems among heart patients.
Intake of the Mediterranean diet is seen to increase the levels of good quality cholesterol or HDL levels in the blood.
However, for some heart patients this is a problem because of the presence of a protein called CRP. CRP can cause inflammation and also determine whether HDL is good or bad for the person. It is not easy to identify those who have this propensity for not benefiting from higher HDL levels.
Broadly, the Mediterranean diet is defined as one that includes lots of fruit and vegetables, bread, nuts, cereals, seeds and beans. It uses olive oil as a cooking medium. The amount of dairy, fish and poultry used is moderate as is the amount of wine consumed.