What is MEDITERRANEAN Diet and its Benefits?
What is MEDITERRANEAN DIET?
High consumption of monounsaturated fatty acids, primarily olives and olive oil.
‣Daily: fruits, vegetables, whole grain cereals, low fat dairy products
‣Weekly: fish, poultry, tree nuts, legumes
‣Monthly: red meat
‣Moderate daily consumption of alcohol (Red Wine)
The pyramid continues to be a well-known guide to what is now universally recognized as the “gold standard” eating pattern that promotes lifelong good health. It has been widely used for years by consumers, educators, and health professionals alike to implement healthier eating habits.
What are the benefits of Mediterranean diet?
Scientists have compared the risks of developing heart and other diseases in populations that did and didn’t adopt the diet. People who had closely followed the Mediterranean Diet were found to have:
- Increased longevity – that is, a reduced chance of death at any age – due mainly to reductions in the chance of developing, having a recurrence of, or dying from heart disease or cancer. The results have been confirmed in UK and USA populations and represent around a 20% reduced risk of death at any age.
- Reduction in the chance of developing type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, or raised blood cholesterol, each of which is associated with cardiac and vascular disease, as well as other serious complications. And each of which may require permanent medication once developed.
- Reduction in the chance of becoming obese and that the Mediterranean Diet formed the basis for a balanced reduction in weight.
- Reduction in the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.
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