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    The Mediterranean diet and heathier ageing in women

    Greater adherence to the Mediterranean Diet in mid-life results in a 46% increase in healthier ageing amongst women in terms of reaching 70 years of age and being free of chronic illness. Analysing the dietary data of 10,670 women in the Boston Nurses Study, using dietary data from both 1984 and 1986, those women who adhered most closely to the…

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    Mediterranean Diet and greater cognitive function

    Long-term adherence to a Mediterranean diet is linked to a significantly improved cognitive function in men from The Health Professionals’ Follow-up study. The Study, involved 51,529 men, 40–75 years of age when enrolled in 1986, of whom 27,842 were included in the primary analysis. The use of a Mediterranean diet (MD) was taken from a mean of five food frequency…

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  • Rainbow RecipesBarbara Cox, breakfast, dinner, Crushed Avocado with grilled Tomato and poached egg on Sourdough bread, Roasted Potato Salad with Sweetcorn and Chermoula Dressing, lunch, Mediterranean food, Rainbow Diet, Rainbow Recipe, Lime & Coconut Green Vegetable Curry, Sweet Potato & Cherry chocolate brownie, snack

    Rainbow Recipe ideas for week 2

    Here are four tasty and healthy recipes to use in week two of your introduction to the rainbow diet; a breakfast, a lunch, a dinner, and a snack. All from our nutritionist Chef Barbara Cox. People come to the Rainbow Diet and wonder where to start. But it’s not hard:  Nourishing foods, whole foods not refined, quality ingredients, good Mediterranean…

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  • Rainbow RecipesBarbara Cox, breakfast, dinner, Cherry & Cranberry Bircher Muesli, Loaded Sweet Potato Skins, lunch, Mediterranean food, Rainbow Diet, Rainbow Recipe, Rainbow Vegetable Salad, Raw Cranberry & Coconut Date Bar, snack

    Rainbow Recipe ideas for week 1

    Here are four tasty and healthy recipes to use in week one of your introduction to the rainbow diet; a breakfast, a lunch, a dinner, and a snack. All from our nutritionist Chef Barbara Cox. People come to the Rainbow Diet and wonder where to start. But it’s not hard, nourishing foods, whole foods not refined, quality ingredients, good oils…

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    Meta-study shows high fat Rainbow Diet reduces risk of cancer, diabetes and heart disease

    A meta-analysis of 56 unique studies, reviewed by Hanna E. Bloomfield, MD, MPH, from the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Minnesota and colleagues has shown that the high ‘good’ fat content of the colourful Mediterranean Diet, was associated with a reduction of breast cancer risk (57%) and colorectal cancer risk (9%), a reduction in diabetes risk (30%) and a reduction…

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    The importance of pulses in the Mediterranean Diet

    Pulses, or legumes, (lentils, beans, peas) are key ingredients in the Mediterranean diet. They help control blood glucose and blood lipid levels; reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and hormonally-driven cancers; are high in soluble fibre promoting the gut microbiome and the immune system, and they are a wonderful store of protein. Pulses are often termed the ‘cornerstone’ of the Rainbow…

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    The Mediterranean Diet, fibre and cardiovascular risk

    The colourful Mediterranean Diet, or Rainbow Diet, is a naturally high fibre diet – both soluble and insoluble – linked with lowered blood pressure, blood glucose and lowered cholesterol and a reduced risk of metabolic syndrome, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. According to the American College of Cardiology and new research (1) presented at their 2019 Annual Conference, patients with…

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    The Mediterranean Diet and spices

    Spices are widely used throughout the Mediterranean, reflecting a strong multi-cultural influence. Spices are not just a taste additive – they have been used to treat and cure a wide variety of ailments for thousands of years. For example Saffron, which per gram is more expensive than gold, has strong liver-protective and anti-cancer properties. Three Mediterranean Spices for your kitchen…

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    The Mediterranean Diet and Alcohol

    While heavy alcohol consumption puts the body at risk, a few glasses of red wine per week seems to be yet another of the healthy participants of the colourful Mediterranean Diet; research shows it can be anti-aging, reduce bad cholesterol and cancer risk, while improving mental health. Is alcohol good or bad for health? We are asked about this constantly.The…

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    The Rainbow Diet and Olive oil

    Olive oil is a mono-unsaturated fatty acid. It is the prime source of fat in the Mediterranean Diet. Other such oils are consumed in certain areas, for example seed oils such as sesame, and nut oils such as walnut oil. The difference between an oil and a fat is temperature. Below a certain temperature, oils become fats. American heart expert…

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