Mediterranean diet is considered as one of the healthiest diets in the world. It is the most researched diet of all diets and I believe the healthiest. I spent many childhood holidays meandering through the french countryside. We would explore to our heart’s content.
What Is The Mediterranean Diet
Along with the Japanese, the Greeks enjoy the lowest incidence of heart disease in the world. Their diet includes; heaps of vegetables, particularly leafy greens and tomatoes. They also enjoy fresh fruit, wholegrain cereals, mainly sourdough bread. Olive oil as the main healthy fat used. The diet also consists of fermented yogurt, nuts, fish, and seafood. They eat only small amounts of meat and moderate amounts of red wine. Also enjoyed is:
Seasonal, fresh and nothing processed is the name of the game.
The abundance of plant foods; fruit, vegetables, especially leafy greens, onion, garlic, culinary herbs and spices, whole grain cereals, legumes, nuts, and seeds.
Extra virgin olive oil and minimal use of other fats.
No processed, high-fat meats.
Moderate intake of dairy but enjoy fermented milk products; feta cheese and natural yogurt.
Heaps of grilled and steamed fish.
Small portions of lean red meat with no visible fat.
Rye or sourdough bread, wholemeal pasta, brown rice, couscous, polenta, bulgur, and potatoes.
No margarine or lard.
Health Benefits Of The Mediterranean Diet
Those eating a Mediterranean diet may experience a reduced chance of many diseases including; heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and Alzheimer’s. Especially relevant is the increased consumption of olive oil and oily fish which contain polyunsaturated fats called Omega-3 fatty acids. In conclusion, the diet also offers antioxidants, healthy balance of fats, vitamin A, C, and E.
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