All the way from Italy, the Mediterranean diet has been making waves for almost a decade now. So we’re going to get down to the nitty gritty facts. In this critical review we’ll ask the questions “What is it?” and “Does it really work?”…
So what exactly is this “Mediterranean diet”?
The Mediterranean diet is a diet (duh!) based primarily on the cultural eating habits of Italy and Greece back in the 1960’s.
It emphasizes these key factors:
- Getting plenty of exercise
- Eating primarily plant-based foods, such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts
- Replacing butter with healthy fats such as olive oil and canola oil
- Using herbs and spices instead of salt to flavor foods
- Limiting red meat to no more than a few times a month
- Eating fish and poultry at least twice a week
- Drinking red wine in moderation (optional)
The diet also recognizes the importance of enjoying meals with family and friends.
Ok it sounds…different. Does it really work?
The short answer is yes – and this is based on literally decades of knowledge. If you follow the plan accordingly, you will lose weight.
More good news…
Research has shown that the traditional Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of heart disease. In fact, a recent analysis of more than 1.5 million healthy adults demonstrated that following a Mediterranean diet was associated with a reduced risk of overall cardiovascular mortality, a reduced incidence of cancer and cancer mortality, and a reduced incidence of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.
For this reason, most if not all major scientific organizations encourage healthy adults to adapt a style of eating like that of the Mediterranean diet for prevention of major chronic diseases.
The bad part…
Of course a diet with so many great benefits has got to have a downside…and this one isn’t particularly pleasant (to most people anyways).
Who seriously wants to eat only plants and fish for the rest of their life? I don’t know about you, but this hound likes a t-bone every once in a while.
However, there are still a few aspects of the Mediterranean diet that you might like to adapt…I for example wouldn’t mind using herbs and spices instead of salt to flavor my foods. This is a much healthier and potentially tastier alternative to salt.
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