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Green-enriched Mediterranean diet can double intrahepatic fat loss, curb NAFLD

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Reuters Health - 25/01/2021 - Following a Mediterranean diet (MED) enriched with protein-rich Mankai duckweed, green tea and walnuts and restricted in red and processed meat (green-MED) could double intrahepatic fat loss and reduce non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), researchers say.

"Results from our previous DIRECT, CASCADE, and CENTRAL trials indicated that the Mediterranean diet is superior to other diets in terms of reducing cardiometabolic risk, for example, by achieving lower blood lipids levels," Dr. Anat Meir of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beer-Sheva told Reuters Health by email.

"In the current trial, DIRECT PLUS," she said, "we enriched the Mediterranean diet with specific polyphenols such as Mankai, walnuts, and green tea and instructed participants to avoid red and processed meat to examine whether we can enhance the observed and known effect of the Mediterranean diet on cardiometabolic risk parameters."

For the 18-month trial, p...



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