Walnuts are a traditional component of the Mediterranean diet and a key ingredient in the landmark PREDIMED study.

A Mediterranean diet including nuts, primarily walnuts, reduced the risk of cardiovascular diseases by 30% and specifically reduced the risk of stroke by 49% when compared to a reference diet consisting of advice on a low-fat diet (American Heart Association guidelines). The Mediterranean diet enriched with extra-virgin olive oil also reduced the risk of cardiovascular diseases by 30%.  The Mediterranean diets had favorable effects on body mass index, blood pressure, insulin resistance, blood lipids, lipid oxidation, and systemic inflammation. Please note, because the study participants lived in Spain, were over the age of 55 and were at high cardiovascular risk; whether the results can be generalized to persons at lower risk or to other settings requires further research.

Published Research - PREDIMED and the Mediterranean Diet

Walnut Recipes & The Mediterranean Diet

Mediterranean Diet

Mediterranean Diet

The many nutritious recipes compiled here make adopting this delicious way of eating easier and tastier than ever!

Mediterranean Diet Resources

PREDIMED Fact Sheet

PREDIMED Fact Sheet

Learn about the landmark "Prevention with the Mediterranean Diet" (PREDIMED) study and the Mediterranean diet.

Experts in the Mediterranean Diet

Dr. Wendy Bazilian

Wendy Bazilian

As a writer, educator, food enthusiast, and award-winning journalist, Dr. Wendy Bazilian brings experience in nutrition science, public health and counseling to her work.

Connie Diekman

Connie Diekman

Connie is a Nutrition Communications Consultant and Director of University Nutrition at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.