Allan R. Handysides and Peter N. Landless

Peter N. Landless, a board-certified nuclear cardiologist, is director of the General Conference Health Ministries Department. Allan R. Handysides, a board-certified gynecologist, is a former director of the General Conference Health Ministries Department.

We hear a lot about the Mediterranean diet. Is it better than a vegetarian diet—either vegan or lacto-ovo vegetarian?

The Mediterranean diet has been in the news since a study published recently in the New England Journal of Medicine reported their positive findings. Actually, in the study, the larger group was divided into three groups. One was supplemented with mixed nuts, another with olive oil, and the third on a fairly typical Mediterranean diet.

A Mediterranean diet is low in saturated fats but high in monounsaturated fats (MUFAs). It contains little red meat, processed foods, or dairy. The use of fish and poultry is common in the …

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