Benefits of the Mediterranean Diet

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The Mediterranean diet is considered by many to be one of the most nutritious, and consists of a variety of vegetables and fruits at every meal, as well as legumes, nuts, seeds, whole grains, and copious amounts of heart-healthy olive oil. For protein, fish, poultry, and eggs make up the bulk, with red meat being eaten in small quantities. Add a glass of wine, and you have the standard meal in most Italian and Greek homes.

So what makes this way of eating so healthy? The emphasis on fruits and vegetables ensures that you’re getting every vitamin, mineral, and antioxidant your body needs, which protects you against numerous health issues, including heart disease and cancer. When the healthy fats of fish, olive oil, and avocados are added to these, an anti-inflammatory effect occurs, further protecting you from disease.

The fiber from the vegetables and whole grains helps to slow down the rate at which food is digested, reducing insulin resistance and limiting blood sugar swings. The lack of simple carbohydrates or refined sugar (i.e., anything not found in a piece of fruit) also limits the amount of “wasted” food energy, which can convert into stored fat.

Healthy, nutritious, and honestly one of the most palate friendly “diets” out there, this century old way of eating is an ideal choice for many.

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