What’s So Special About The Mediterranean Diet?
Health researchers have known for a while now that the peoples who live around the Mediterranean – the Arabic, French, Greek, Italian, and Spanish – all have very low rates of heart disease, certain cancers like breast and prostate, and neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Why is this? Well, seems the most important thing these people have in common is their diet – high in fish and poultry, olive oil, red wine, high-antioxidant vegetables, nuts, and whole grains and very little red meat and refined sugars. In fact, Greek people typically eat 9 servings of high-antioxidant value vegetables and fruits a day – nearly twice the amount (5) recommended by the USDA’s food pyramid. In addition, high antioxidant spices, like oregano, rosemary, garlic are typically used to flavor foods instead of blood pressure-spiking salt.
All the foods noted above have recently been research-proven to provide significant health benefits as follows:
How To Reap The Benefits of the Mediterranean Diet
As many of my patients ask me to detail the “how-to’s” of a Mediterranean diet, here are the general recommendations:
From the coast of Italy to the sands of Morocco, the Mediterranean Diet is nothing new. Modern science, however, has just recently been proving what Mediterranean peoples have known for centuries – their diet is one of the tastiest, most natural health boosting strategies out there.