You hear a lot about the Mediterranean Diet, and how it keeps those Greeks and Italians looking olive-toned and healthy.

Now, despite the Mediterranean's feisty reputation, eating a Mediterranean diet, rich in beans, fruits and vegetables, may keep your mind healthy, specifically preventing Alzheimer's and dementia.

In an experiment, published in the s,, researchers aimed to learn how participants following a Mediterranean-type diet and exercising, faired against Alzheimer's and dementia.

The team studied 1,880 men and women, with an average age of 77, and found after roughly 5.4 years, 282 developed Alzheimer's disease. This prompted to claim there is an association between a healthy diet, Alzheimer's and dementia.

Kind of a no-brainer! But I've read reports that the Mediterranean Diet is losing ground to Western food in places like Greece. Any Mediterranean-types out there care to comment?