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Mediterranean diet tamps down overeating, study says

Mediterranean diet tamps down overeating, study says

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April 23 (UPI) -- Eating a diet largely based in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and nuts may keep people from eating unhealthy amounts of other types of food, new findings show. Primates that consumed a Mediterranean diet ate less of any other available food and lost weight, according to a study published Tuesday in Obesity. "By comparison, the animals on a Western diet ate far more than they needed and gained weight," Carol Shively, a researcher at Wake Forest University and the study's principal investigator said in a news release. " For close to nine years, researchers observed female primates that were split into two groups. One group ate a diet with foods that primarily consisted of fat and protein and the other group ate a largely plant-based diet. Each group, however, ate the sa...
The Mediterranean diet can cut your risk of developing heart disease, study says

The Mediterranean diet can cut your risk of developing heart disease, study says

Health
This is a Kaiser Health News story. Once again, your mother was right. You really do need to eat your vegetables. And while you are at it, put down the bacon and pick up the olive oil, because new research supports the contention that switching to a Mediterranean diet could significantly decrease the risk of heart disease. According to a study published last month in JAMA Network Open, people who followed this type of diet had 25 percent less risk of developing cardiovascular disease over the course of 12 years. The diet’s components make sense to anyone who follows nutrition news. Avoid red meat in favor of “good” fats like fish and poultry. Swap out salt for herbs and spices. Ditch butter and margarine and opt for olive oil instead. Most important, eat a lot of fruits...
Humpback whales travel to the Mediterranean to feed

Humpback whales travel to the Mediterranean to feed

Science
Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Humpback whales are visiting the Mediterranean to feed, according to a new study. Historically, humpback whales in the Mediterranean Sea have been a rare sight, but anecdotal evidence hinted at increased visitation over the last 150 years. Until now, researchers weren't sure why the large marine mammals were visiting the region. Now, scientists are certain the whales are coming to eat. The revelation was made possible by the serendipitous meeting of one young humpback and whale watching boat in the Strait of Gibraltar. The initial sighting allowed researchers in Spain to track the individual over two periods of consecutive days, each coinciding with spring tides. "For almost a month, it was possible to follow the animal within the Bay of Algeciras, taking exhaustive data...