Published on March 29th, 2013 | by Nicole Corvin0
The Mediterranean Approach to Diet
What one should eat has become a hot topic in the recent years, especially with the growing obesity epidemic (or better said pandemic) in the world. There is the paleo diet, the no-carbs diets, the no fat diets… the list goes on and on.
Studies show though that the best answer might be found in what is called the Mediterranean diet. Few people in the Mediterranean actually eat like that anymore because of the rising popularity of convenience food, marked by a proportionally widening waistline in these countries. The diet represents how the grandmothers of the Greeks, Italians etc lived and ate.
The base of the diet is this: eat more fresh fish and legumes, substitute all fats with virgin Olive oil, eat plenty of vegetables and fruit and watch the portions to be reasonable. One must avoid red meat, especially in large portions, deep fried food, too much processed dairy and pretty much everything junk.
It’s as simple as that, good wholesome food that the poorer, sturdier people of the last generations in the Mediterranean ate.
The studies showed great benefits in health, mood and wellness overall in people eating Mediterranean. Even though there were no clear signs of improving heart problems, there were indications that the diet lowers the danger of having a stroke. Also cholesterol was significantly lowered in the subjects thanks to the benefits of olive oil.
Studies are never perfect, but here we can safely draw some solid conclusion from studies that showed statistically significant results. As far as the Mediterranean diet is concerned, we can be fairly certain that the way Americans eat today, even partially substituting items from their diet with Mediterranean diet food will have significant results when it comes to their health.
New York Times | When Diet Meets Delicious