The Mediterranean diet

Credit @ Oldways

The Mediterranean diet has long been considered one of the healthiest diets on the planet – and indeed it is ! There are myriad of research that proves that eating a diet rich in plant foods and healthy fat is good for us. Research also show that a Mediterranean diet protects individuals against cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, some types of cancer, Alzheimer’ s disease and also leads to a longer lifespan. The key to longer lifespan lie in the fact that this diet does not adopt modernized foods(that we in the US consume excessively) such as processed foods, deep-fried foods, tendency to eat more meat and fewer fruits and vegetables .

There is no single Mediterranean diet. Instead, each region across the world, from Spain to the Middle East , customizes the basic diet to take advantage of food availability and cultural preferences.So, if you considering adopting this new diet, it is basically up to you to adjust this diet based on your customs,cultural values and what is best for you.All you need to is to  follow the Mediterranean diet pyramid.

The Mediterranean diet include a reliance on plant foods such as vegetables, fruits, beans, whole grains, nuts, olives, and olive oil(extra virgin I insist)  along with some cheese, yogurt, fish, poultry, eggs, and wine. These foods form the basis of the plan and provide thousands of micronutrients, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and fiber that work together to protect against chronic disease. Other key elements of the  Mediterranean Diet -necessary to render it efficient- encompass daily exercise, sharing meals with families, friends and the simple fact of appreciating eating healthy and delicious food.

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7 responses to “The Mediterranean diet

  1. Wow, my parents tout the mediterranean diet a lot. I didn’t know what it was until now, reading your blog. I already eat this way. I love the part about no fried or packaged foods. That is one of our countries biggest problems, other than fast food chains. Again, Thanks Jennifer, good info. Opening my eyes tonight.

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