Fasting Diet of Greek Orthodox Christians Found to Reduce Cholesterol Levels

February 24, 2010

It doesn’t matter whether you’re religious or not–even atheists can benefit from the “fasting” regime followed in the Greek Orthodox Church, according to a new study.

Strict Greek Orthodox Christians avoid specified foods three times a year: 40 days before Christmas, 48 days at Easter and 15 days in August for Assumption.

Each fast is associated with a different holiday. For example, at Christmas, the faithful are advised to avoid meat, eggs and dairy products, and eating fish is not allowed on Wednesdays and Fridays.

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