As part of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health, researchers from the University of Queensland in Australia assessed the diets of over 6000 women who reached menopausal naturally. The researchers looked at the relationships between six different types of diet and vasomotor symptoms – hot flashes and night sweats. The dietary patterns included: cooked vegetables, fruit, Mediterranean style, meat and processed meat, dairy, and high fat and sugar.
What they found was quite interesting. High fruit intake and/or following the Mediterranean Diet were associated with significantly fewer hot flashes and night sweats. In contrast, diets high in fat and high in sugar were associated with increased hot flashes and/or night sweats.
The Mediterranean Diet, which emphasize fruits, vegetables, nuts and whole grains and even red wine, over meats, sugars and processed foods, has garnered a lot of attention over the last decade. More and more research associates the Mediterranean Diet with reduced incidences of heart disease, stroke and cancer. It’s not bad for weight loss either. With this latest research showing a decrease in hot flashes, it may be time for all the menopausal ladies to switch over. Good food, good wine, no hot flashes, what more could a woman ask for.