ABC World News (10/21, story 11, 0:15, Muir) reported, “The popular Mediterranean diet, fish, vegetables and olive oil,” appears to be “not only good for your heart, but a new study” published online Oct. 21 “in the journal Neurology…says it also helps prevent our brains from shrinking as well age.”

The Los Angeles Times (10/22, Netburn) reports in “Science Now” that investigators at Columbia University “found that among 684 elderly people with an average age of 80, those who stuck more closely to a Mediterranean diet that includes lots of vegetables, legumes, cereals, fish and monounsaturated fats such as olive oil, had larger brain volumes than those who did not.” After dividing “study participants…into two groups – those who adhered more closely to a Mediterranean diet, and those who did not,” researchers found through magnetic resonance imaging scans that “the difference in average brain size was 13.11 milliliters, or the equivalent to five years of aging.”