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Mediterranean Diet and Atherosclerosis

What happens inside the arteries going to the hearts and brains of those who add nuts or extra virgin olive oil to their diet?

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I bring up the Ornish back-and-forth in my latest annual live review Food as Medicine: Preventing and Treating our Most Dreaded Diseases with Diet (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/food-as-medicine), but then directly address the accusation that plant-based diets are marked by poor compliance for disease prevention and reversal.

For more on the famous PREDIMED trial and the body of evidence surrounding Mediterranean diets, I’ve got a bunch of good videos for you: • Why Was Heart Disease Rare in the Mediterranean? (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/Why-Was-Heart-Disease-Rare-in-the-Mediterranean) • The Mediterranean Diet or a Whole Food Plant-Based Diet? (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/The-Mediterranean-Diet-or-a-Whole-Food-Plant-Based-Diet) • PREDIMED: Does Eating Nuts Prevent Strokes? (http://nutritionfacts.org/videos/predimed-does-eating-nuts-prevent-strokes) • Which Parts of the Mediterranean Diet Extended Life? (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/which-parts-of-the-mediterranean-diet-extended-life) • Do Flexitarians Live Longer? (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/do-flexitarians-live-longer) • Improving on the Mediterranean Diet (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/improving-on-the-mediterranean-diet)

What might happen to the arteries of someone who goes on a low carb diet. You don’t want to know… but if you do, here you go: Low Carb Diets and Coronary Blood Flow (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/low-carb-diets-and-coronary-blood-flow/).

What we eat doesn’t just have an impact on the structure of our arteries over the long-term (the thickening and narrowing described in the video), but the function of arteries within hours of consumption. To see what your breakfast may have done to your arteries check out: • Eggs and Arterial Function (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/eggs-and-arterial-function/) • Walnuts and Artery Function (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/walnuts-and-artery-function/) • Dark Chocolate and Artery Function (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/dark-chocolate-and-artery-function/) • Coffee and Artery Function (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/coffee-and-artery-function/) • Fatty Meals May Impair Artery Function (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/fatty-meals-may-impair-artery-function) • Olive Oil and Artery Function (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/olive-oil-and-artery-function)

Note, though, the benefits of plant-based nutrition can be undermined by vitamin B12 deficiency if you don’t include a regular reliable source in your diet. See Vitamin B12 Necessary for Arterial Health (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/vitamin-b12-necessary-for-arterial-health/).

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The Mediterranean Diet or a Whole Food Plant-Based Diet?

A randomized controlled trial found that a Mediterranean-type diet can dramatically lower the risk of subsequent heart attacks. How does it compare with plant-based diet data?

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This is the second of a 6-part video series on the Mediterranean diet. For some historical backdrop, check out out the first one at Why Was Heart Disease Rare in the Mediterranean? (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/Why-Was-Heart-Disease-Rare-in-the-Mediterranean) Here’s the next four to come: 3. PREDIMED: Does Eating Nuts Prevent Strokes? (http://nutritionfacts.org/videos/predimed-does-eating-nuts-prevent-strokes) 4. Which Parts of the Mediterranean Diet Extended Life? (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/which-parts-of-the-mediterranean-diet-extended-life) 5. Do Flexitarians Live Longer? (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/do-flexitarians-live-longer) 6. Improving on the Mediterranean Diet (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/improving-on-the-mediterranean-diet)

For more on Dr. Esselstyn’s amazing work: • Heart Disease Starts in Childhood (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/heart-disease-starts-in-childhood/) • Fully Consensual Heart Disease Treatment (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/fully-consensual-heart-disease-treatment/) • Evidence-Based Medicine or Evidence-Biased? (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/evidence-based-medicine-or-evidence-biased/) • Kempner Rice Diet: Whipping Us Into Shape (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/kempner-rice-diet-whipping-us-into-shape/)

If the short-chain plant-based omega-3s in flax seeds and walnuts appear so beneficial, what about the long-chain omega-3’s found in fish and fish oil? There are pros and cons. See, for example, Mercury vs. Omega-3s for Brain Development (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/mercury-vs-omega-3s-for-brain-development/) and Is Fish Oil Just Snake Oil? (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/is-fish-oil-just-snake-oil/)

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The Problem With the Paleo Diet Argument

The Paleolithic period represents just the last 2 million years of human evolution. What did our bodies evolve to eat during the first 90% of our time on Earth?

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For more on the absence of Western diseases in plant-based rural populations, see for example: • One in a Thousand: Ending the Heart Disease Epidemic (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/one-in-a-thousand-ending-the-heart-disease-epidemic/) • Dr. Burkitt’s F-Word Diet (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/dr-burkitts-f-word-diet/) • Cavities and Coronaries: Our Choice (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/cavities-and-coronaries-our-choice/)

I’ve touched on “paleo” diets in the past (with more to come!): • Paleo Diets May Negate Benefits of Exercise (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/paleo-diets-may-negate-benefits-of-exercise/) • Paleolithic Lessons (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/paleolithic-lessons/) • Will The Real Paleo Diet Please Stand Up? (http://nutritionfacts.org/2014/09/23/will-the-real-paleo-diet-please-stand-up/)

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