Oil and Nuts

“What do you call someone who has
abandoned their diet?  A desserter!”

Diet is once again in the news.  In particular, what is called the Mediterranean Diet.  The Mediterranean Diet is the daily meal intake of those nations found around  the Mediterranean Sea (Algeria, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Monaco, Morocco, Turkey, Tunisia, Spain).  It generally  consists of – a high intake of (fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, cereals, olive oil), a moderate intake of (fish, white meats), and a low intake of (dairy, red meat, sweets).   I first came across the Mediterranean Diet on my initial trip to Israel.  When I went down from my hotel room in Tel Aviv and entered the dining room for breakfast, I said to myself, “This is not what we eat in Canada.”

A seven-year study began involving 7,500 people age 55 and older.  They were divided into three groups and monitored regularly regarding things like blood pressure, cholesterol, sugar, etc.  The groups were:

    ● One, those who ate the Mediterranean Diet plus additional measured amounts of olive oil (extra virgin) each week.  
    ● Two, those who ate the Mediterranean Diet plus additional measured amounts of nuts (mixed variety) each week.                                                                  
    ● Three, those who did not follow the Mediterranean diet, including no (olive oil or mixed nuts) each week.

Here’s what happened.

The health readings of the two study groups on the Mediterranean Diet (with additional olive oil or nuts per week) became so superior compared to the one study group not on the Mediterranean Diet (with no olive oil or nuts each week) that researchers felt it was only ethical to stop the program two years early and report the findings.

And what does all this mean to you and I?  It means – start pouring on the olive oil and begin popping those mixed nuts!  This is because the studies discovered that a Mediterranean Diet can cut the risk of having a stroke or a heart attack by nearly one-third!

    ✓Note – According to researchers, to get the full benefit of the Mediterranean Diet supplements, the following guidelines need to followed: the olive oil should be extra virgin and consumed in its natural (un-heated) state and the nuts should be mixed (not limited to one singular kind). 
But once again, if scientists had just followed the Bible,  all of this was already known.  The Lord had told the Children of Israel when He brought them into the Promised Land (Deuteronomy 8:8, Genesis 43:11, II Kings 18:32, Song Of Solomon 6:11) that He was bringing them into a  place chuck full of among other things – olive oil and mixed nuts!
                                                                Pastor Gary