Amid all the superfoods and fad diets, one style of eating consistently comes out on top as the best, the Mediterranean diet. According to U.S. News & World Report, the Mediterranean Diet has consistently ranked the best overall diet in 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021.
What is Mediterranean Diet?
The Mediterranean Diet started garnering interest in the 1950s where scientists and researchers found that people living in the Mediterranean region such as Greece and southern Italy generally live longer and healthier lives with overall improved quality of life compared to their counterparts around the world. They found a correlation of that observation to their plant-based, antioxidant-rich diet.
The Mediterranean diet generally consists of plant-based foods like fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds , wholegrains and a healthy dose of olive oil followed by a moderate amount of red meat, seafood, poultry and red wine.
The general idea is to load up on healthy fats and omega-3 fatty acids with your meal plates bursting with colours from fresh whole foods. The Mediterranean diet is both safe and sustainable. In fact, many people even enjoy the diet, because it doesn’t involve rigid rules like some other eating plans.
Just remember, the four main focuses of the Mediterranean diet are vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean proteins. Avoid food/ingredients such as refined grains (white bread, white pasta, and pizza dough containing white flour), refined oils (canola oil and soybean oil), foods with added sugars (pastries, sodas, and candies) and other processed meats.
There are 8 scientific benefits of the Mediterranean Diet:
- Reduce the risk for heart disease
- Reduce women’s risk for stroke
- Prevent cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease
- Help with weight loss and maintenance
- Help stave off and manage type 2 diabetes
- Help prevent certain types of cancer
- Help ease depression
- Beneficial to those with Rheumatoid Arthritis
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Whether you decide to fully adopt the philosophies of the Mediterranean diet, or you think small, incremental steps are more of your speed, every little bit can help you eat-and feel healthier.