Healthy Mediterranean Diet
We’ve all heard that eating a Mediterranean diet is healthy for us.
Let’s see what people are talking about.
The Mediterranean diet emphasizes eating primarily plant-based foods, such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts. Replacing butter with healthy fats, such as olive oil. Using herbs and spices instead of salt to flavor foods.
“The Mediterranean Dietis a way of eating based on the traditional foods (and drinks) of the countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. [It] is not a diet, as in “go on a diet,” rather, it is a lifestyle.”
“It has been studied and noted by scores of leading scientists as one of the healthiest in the world.”
“It was based on the dietary traditions of Crete, Greece and southern Italy circa 1960 at a time when the rates of chronic disease among populations there were among the lowest in the world, and adult life expectancy was among the highest even though medical services were limited.”
“It’s as straightforward as it is un-American: low in red meat, low in sugar and hyperprocessed carbs, low in junk. High in just about everything else — healthful fat (especially olive oil), vegetables, fruits, legumes and what the people who designed the diet determined to be beneficial, or at least less-harmful, animal products; in this case fish, eggs and low-fat dairy.”
“Eating like a Mediterranean has also been associated with reduced levels of inflammation, a risk factor for heart attack, stroke and Alzheimer’s disease.”
“Mediterranean Diet with Olive Oil …. improves insulin sensitivity and metabolic syndrome. Phenolic-compound-rich foods such as olive oil, vegetables and fruit promote the abundance of beneficial bacteria.” (Feb. 2016 citing the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism)
“The Mediterranean diet is a popular option for those who are looking to do more than lose weight, but improve their heart health, boost brain function and even reduce inflammation that often leads to arthritis. The diet is known for its rich variety of flavors that characterize the traditional cooking style of countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea.”
“The basic elements of the Mediterranean diet include eating fish twice each week, moderate portions of yogurt and cheese weekly, no more than 3-ounce portions of red meat – which should only be consumed sparingly – and moderate amounts of eggs and poultry every two days, or weekly. The diet also involves drinking plenty of water throughout the day and consuming no more than one glass of red wine per day, or two for men. Every meal is based on a combination of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices and seeds.” (Feb 2016)
Add to these studies your own experience of how you feel when you eat a Mediterranean meal.
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