Health Benefits of the Mediterranean Diet
The Mediterranean Diet is a mix of food ingredients that, if consumed over a number of years, has been shown to significantly reduce the risks of developing heart disease, cancer and chronic conditions such as hypertension, Type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.
Adoption of the diet has also been linked with a reduced risk of early death and has proved a successful strategy for healthy weight reduction. You don’t need any particular culinary skills to produce inexpensive, yet delicious, meals fitting the Mediterranean Diet pattern.
Olive oil: Olive oil is a rich source of monounsaturated fat. It is also a source of antioxidants including vitamin E.
Fish: Especially “oily fish”, such as salmon is high in omega 3 fatty acids, a type of polyunsaturated fat which can also lower cholesterol.
Fruits and Vegetables: These are high in beneficial fibers and antioxidants, which are protective against both heart disease and cancer.
Wine: People from the Mediterranean region drink 1 – 2 glasses of wine (usually red wine). (Men: 1-3 units per day, women: 1-2 units per day) with meals. Drink responsibly.