Reuters had an interesting article talking about another recent study detailing how a Mediterranean diet can help to protect, not only against heart disease, but also against diabetes. The study showed that people who followed the diet were 83% less likely to develop type 2 diabetes. 83%… wow.
Numerous studies and books have come out talking about the benefits of a Mediterranean diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats. The reason that a Mediterranean diet is healthy is because it is comprised of whole foods. It does not contain the typical refined ingredients found in western diets.
The study lists that the diet was low in red meat, dairy, and alcohol. The problem does not really lie in red meat and dairy but in the quality of the red meat and dairy (just like anything else). As I mentioned before grass-fed beef and lamb are excellent sources of cla. Also, real milk is an excellent food when a high quality source is obtained, that is unadulterated.