Your Mediterranean salad might be doing you a favour, with researchers suggesting that a Greek-style Mediterranean diet may be the 'latest weapon' in the fight against skin cancer.
Eating a Mediterranean diet rich in antioxidants and omega-3 fats may be useful, says researcher Dr Niva Shapira, along with adhering to current sun smart advice.
"A traditional Greek-style Mediterranean diet contains sun-protective components, such as antioxidants, in foods like fruit, vegetables, legumes, herbs, tea and olive oil, and omega-3 fats from fish and omega-9 from olive oil," said Dr Shapira, who will be presenting at the International Congress of Dietetics in Sydney this week.
People living in Greece have among the lowest rates of melanoma, in comparison with Australia and the rest of Europe.
"It’s more than their olive skin. We think the difference in skin cancer rates may be partially due to the different eating habits in these countries," said Dr Shapira.
Dr Catherine Itsiopoulos, an Accredited Practising Dietitian and spokesperson for the Dietitians Association of Australia, says the research is promising.
"A traditional Mediterranean-style diet has already been shown to improve heart health and increase longevity. So this research provides another reason to consider going Greek with what you put on your plate," said Dr Itsiopoulos.
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