The benefits of the Mediterranean diet
The Mediterranean diet is the diet traditionally consumed in many Mediterranean countries such as Italy, France and Greece. This type of diet is characterised by high consumption of vegetables, fruits, fish, nuts, seeds, omega 3's and whole grains and limits unhealthy fats such as trans and saturated and reduces animal protein intake
The Mediterranean diet has been clinically shown time and time again to have a great impact in reducing cardiovascular risk factors such as obesity and waist circumference, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. There is also evidence to support the prevention of certain types of cancer, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
One of the main reasons that a Mediterranean diet is so successful is that it focuses on fruits and vegetables being the main parts of the meal and then the fats and proteins being the supplementary parts of the meal. It is also not about eliminating foods or telling you to cut foods out, it is about educating you the best foods to include in your diet, the ones you should be eating the most and which ones should be only occasional foods.