Mediterranean Diet

Red wine has been touted for years as a healthy spirit to add to your menu, and Olive Oil is a healthy product straight out of Grandma’s cupboard, not to mention the fact that Italian Chef's swear by Olive Oil as do diet gurus when they speak of good fats. The Mediterranean Diet flags all of those ingredients and integrates them into diets that contribute to healthy eating lifestyles.

Mediterranean Diet Benefits:

Incorporate food groups into your daily diet that do not block arteries and cause heart attacks. Working in your favor to keep you alive and well is the Mediterranean Diet. The evidence is overwhelmingly powerful about the worth of this diet.

The Mayo Clinic confirms that the Mediterranean Diet represses the risk of heart disease. An analysis of more than 1.5 million healthy adults revealed that the diet reduced risks for cardiovascular mortality, incidence of cancer and cancer mortality, and reduced Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases, all of which proves the worth of the wise old adage, “You Are What You Eat,” in the context of life and death. Heed that advice. Bear in mind that the key components of the Mediterranean Diet enable your body to repel chronic diseases.

Mediterranean Diet Ingredients:

Topping the list of Mediterranean diet ingredients is a component that you do not have to eat and that is exercise. Exercise every day. Walking is an invigorating cardiovascular enhancer that also aids your mental abilities while influencing your self-worth. Get your feet together and start walking.

Eat the plant-based foods that your grandparents lived on many years ago. They were called ground foods then and are still ground foods now, albeit these foods have acquired the fancier term known as plant-based foods that include vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes and nuts.

Do you now recall the backyard garden where your elderly parents and grandparents planted a mix of all those ingredients that fed the family? Carry on the tradition and live a long and healthy life.

The Mediterranean diet traditionally includes pasta and rice. Greek residents reportedly eat nine servings a day of fruits and vegetables that contain anti-oxidant ingredients, and their menu contains little red meat.

Bread is baked and eaten in Mediterranean households, and it is an important food in the Mediterranean region; however, Mediterranean people do not plaster bread servings with butter and all of the other additions tossed onto it in the Western world.

Many people in the old country abroad dip the bread in olive oil before eating it, a process that avoids the unhealthy trans fats of butter and margarine. Mediterranean people living in ethnic neighborhoods still maintain this healthy traditional way of eating bread even in the United States.

The diet is touted for its ability to greatly lower the level of low-density lipoprotein (LDL), which is the bad cholesterol that builds into plaque deposits in your arteries. Nuts are an integral part of the Mediterranean diet, and 80 percent of calories from nuts come from unsaturated fat.  Do not eat nuts that are coated with honey or candy.

Use Spices and Herbs for Flavor

Use spices and herbs rather than salt to flavor your foods. Scallion, celery, onions and thyme bring flavor to poultry, beef and pork that preempts the use of your salt shaker, and you can grow all these herbs in flower pots on your balcony if you do not own a plot of land. Use healthy fat oils such as canola oil and olive oil to supplant the bad fat butter in your diet. Eat fish and poultry but do not consume daily meals of red meat.