It has long been known that a diet consisting of higher levels of vegetables, fruit, and fish is healthier for you than one which consists of cheeseburgers, fries, and an extra large soda. You do not have to move to Greece to be healthier, however — you can adopt a Mediterranean diet right here at home.
A Mediterranean diet typically includes a high intake of vegetables, legumes, fruits, cereals, fish and olive oil, as well as low intake of saturated fatty acids, dairy products, meat, and poultry. It emphasizes consuming foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids, while consuming a low intake of saturated fats, meat, and dairy products. The good news for occasional wine drinkers (like myself) is that Mediterranean diets include mild to moderate amounts of alcohol with meals.
The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects of the Mediterranean diet, as well as the benefits of the individual components of the diet, are life-changing. The combination of omega-3 fatty acids from fish combined with unsaturated fatty acids from olive oil and nuts, as well as the flavonoids and antioxidants from fruits and vegetables, have tremendous health benefits for those who follow it. In fact, we may just be hearing more and more doctors recommending the diet to patients for the prevention of health issues.
Here are 8 reasons why you may just want to try a Mediterranean diet for yourself:
Please note that this post is intended to share information and ideas, as well as to create conversation. Please consult a medical professional before making changes to your lifestyle.
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