The Mediterranean diet continues to gain followers who are feasting on the healthy and delicious options featured in this way of eating. First, it should be noted that this is not a “diet” like the grapefruit diet, the cabbage soup diet or the Adkins diet. It’s not an “I’m trying to lose weight” kind of thing. It’s a lifestyle. The Mediterranean diet embraces foods that have a slew of added benefits beyond being less packed with useless calories. Some of the benefits reportedly include:
“lengthened life, anti-cancer and anti-depression properties, weight management, protection against Alzheimer’s disease, improved symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, and decreased risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol and diabetes.” Some pretty big claims, but studies seem to support them.
The diet is based on the way that people eat in the countries that are about the Mediterranean sea like Egypt, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, Algeria, Greece, Albania, Israel, Spain, Italy, France, Croatia, Lebanon, among others.
The diet includes a large amount of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Fish and seafood are eaten much more than red meat (which is eaten rarely). Healthy fats such as olive oil, nuts, and avocados are commonplace. Cheese and yogurt are eaten in moderation. And if you are of age and drink, there is the added benefit of drinking a glass of wine with dinner.
The nice thing about this diet is that it is based on fresh, pure foods. Not processed, frozen junk. And it is very kid friendly. It really does seem like a healthy way for the entire family to eat. There is also an easy way to select foods that fit in with the diet with the Med Mark, which is on over 150 products product that meet the nutritional “criteria based on research on the Mediterranean diet and the U.S. FDA’s definition of “healthy.” ”
Have you tried the Mediterranean diet? Is it for your family?