Did you know that following a Mediterranean diet has shown to effectively control and prevent heart diseases for many people ? This diet which originated in Greece and the surrounding areas of the Mediterranean basin has recently gained popularity. It is based on eating mainly vegetables, fruits, fish, and whole grains, while limiting foods that contain unhealthy fats.
The Mediterranean diet focuses on:
- Consuming mainly plant based foods such as nuts, legumes, whole grains, vegetables and fruits.
- Eating very limited amounts of red meat, usually no more than once or twice a month
- Eating fish and poultry at least twice a week
- Substituting salt with herbs and spices
- Using olive oil instead of butter
- Red wine, on occasion, is considered to be acceptable
- Limiting consumption of sweets and eggs
Research has indicated that people who follow the Mediterranean diet have a lower risk of heart disease, certain cancers, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. This is attributed to more stable blood sugar levels, lower cholesterol and triglycerides.
People in the Mediterranean area have been eating this way for centuries and seem to be much healthier because of it.
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