In today’s news, it has been highlighted that the Mediterranean diet is the healthiest diet of all. Although it is high in calories, scientists have been able to explain that not all calories are the same and that the calories found in Mediterranean meals are good for our health, rather than having the capability to damage it. It is, for instance, high in omega 3 and contains a lot of nuts, as well as being very low in sugar.
What Is the Mediterranean Diet?
Scientists have demonstrated that following the Mediterranean diet helps people to lose weight, particularly by lowering subcutaneous fats, which is mainly around the midriff. This is the most dangerous of all fats, as it is actually built up around the organs rather than on the skin. Indeed, some people may look as if they are the right weight, but actually have high levels of subcutaneous fats.
Changing to the Mediterranean diet is very easy to do so long as you know what is contained in it.
The Mediterranean Diet is abundant in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and olive oil. It features fish and poultry—lean sources of protein—over red meat, which contains more saturated fat. Red wine is consumed regularly but in moderate amounts.
It is now believed to be the healthiest diet of all and people are encouraged to start it, including the red wine. This is because red wine contains high levels of flavonoids, which in turn help to bring down blood pressure and prevent cancer and heart disease.
The Ins and Outs of the Mediterranean Diet
One of the key components of the diet is the grains that are found in various dishes. This means, unfortunately, that it is not about eating pizza and pasta with a nice glass of red wine every day. Instead, it is all about the healthy, wholesome elements of the diet itself. The wholesomeness is what people seem to have forgotten in this day and age, as we all consume too many processed goods. According to researchers, even just changing the grains in your diet is a really good place to start.
Grains in the Mediterranean region are typically whole grain and usually contain very few unhealthy trans fats, and bread is an important part of the diet. However, throughout the Mediterranean region, bread is eaten plain or dipped in olive oil — not eaten with butter or margarine, which contains saturated or trans fats.
Most of us have heard of the food pyramid, and it seems that the Mediterranean diet follows the gold standard when it comes to this pyramid. Indeed, the original pyramid was based on the standard diet of people in Greece, Crete and the south of Italy during the 1960s. The information on this has not changed at all, and it is still clear that this is the diet every human should follow for optimum health. In terms of health, little has changed in this part of the world either.
Rates of chronic disease among populations there were among the lowest in the world, and adult life expectancy was among the highest even though medical services were limited.
Interestingly, it now seems that following the Mediterranean diet will always lead to weight loss, even if you don’t also include exercise and even if you don’t lower your calorific intake. This means it is the perfect diet for people who really struggle with sticking to complicated meal plans or stringent exercise regimes. It is not a miracle cure because it does require a sustained effort of eating the right things at the right time, but it is an amazing way for people to be able to enjoy their meals and get healthy at the same time.
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