Mediterranean diet ideas
It’s widely accepted that the Mediterranean way of life is a very healthy one. First, the diet has a primary focus on plant-based foods such as fibrous vegetables, legumes, nuts, olive oil and some fruit.
This results in a higher level of monounsaturated fats which keep the heart healthy by reducing ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol levels, while increasing ‘good’ HDL cholesterol levels along with helping to reduce plaque buildup in the arterial walls. Additionally, the fiber content of the Mediterranean diet is higher than most standard diets and weight loss protocols combined, resulting in a positive impact on blood sugar and digestion.
Secondly, the Mediterranean diet has undergone some of the most extensive research of any diet or lifestyle plans, consistently revealing many health benefits such as:
⁃ Reducing cardiac risk factors
⁃ Reducing the risk of cancer
⁃ Protecting against type 2 diabetes
⁃ Reduces risk of Alzheimer’s disease
⁃ Reduces risk of Parkinson’s disease
⁃ Encourages weight loss
⁃ Reduces inflammation
⁃ May improve pain
⁃ May improve fertility
⁃ Increases lifespan
What’s more, summer is the perfect time to experiment with fresh and tasty recipes!
Moira Howie, Nutrition and Health Manager at Waitrose & Partners said: “Following a Mediterranean diet has significant health benefits. Fish is an important staple in a Med diet and we should all be aiming for two portions of fish a week, one of which should be oily. Oily fish are rich in omega 3 fats, a type of unsaturated fat that helps to keep our hearts healthy as part of a balanced diet.”
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