Benefits of the Mediterranean diet

A Mediterranean diet.
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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — If you had to pick the best diet based on scientific evidence, it would have to be the Mediterranean diet. 

Over the years, numerous studies have talked of the advantage of this diet when it comes to the prevention of heart disease and cancer. 

Now, there is a new study which finds that adhering to the Mediterranean diet could be helpful in reducing the loss of bone mass after menopause.

The diet actually protects the bone and the bone mineral density and is relatively simple to understand. It's suggested that you eat vegetables, fruits, nuts, whole grain, and fish while poultry, eggs, cheese and yogurt should be eaten rarely. Red meat should be avoided. 

Virgin olive oil is also a staple of the diet.