The research reviewed evaluated randomized controlled trials comparing the Mediterranean style diet to low fat diets in overweight/obese individuals as it related to cardiovascular risk factors (Nordmann AJ, et al. 2011). 6 trials with 2,650 individuals of which 50% were women.
After 2 years of follow up, individuals assigned to a Mediterranean diet had more favorable changes in body weight, body mass index, systolic blood pressure, diastolic blood pressure, fasting blood glucose, total cholesterol and highly sensitive C-reactive protein (an inflammatory marker).
A low fat diet is not the healthiest diet. It may be surprising to you, but certain types of fat will decrease cholesterol.
To learn about healthy food choices and the numerous benefits read the book “The Food Connection.” The book also includes a lot of easy to make recipes.