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What Is The Mediterranean Diet?

The Mediterranean Diet may be the secret for a slimmer body and a longer life. There are many reasons why you should choose a Mediterranean type diet for easier weight loss.

What is the Mediterranean Diet that everybody is talking about?

It’s a diet which takes advantage of the olive oil health benefits, is rich in vegetables and fish and uses moderate amounts of meat, wine and dairy products. This diet has been studied for over 50 years.

Initially scientists were startled by the fact that people living on the Greek island of Crete had better cardiovascular health than that of US citizens, even after the deprivations during World War II.

After years of research scientists have come up with an impressive list of evidence supporting the different health benefits of eating in a traditional Mediterranean type diet way.

In a resent study Professor Dimitris Trichopoulos and his colleagues at the Department of Hygiene, Epidemiology and Medical Statistics at the University of Athens and Harvard School of Public Health can for the first time show which Mediterranean diet foods are most important to health and longevity.

The scientists have monitored the dietary habits and mortality of more than 23.000 healthy Greek men and women for over eight years.

The results of the study are interesting not only when you are looking for information about living a healthier and longer life, but also when you want to lose weight.

A Recipe for a Longer and Healthier Life

The different parts of the Mediterranean diet menu that contributes to a healthier and longer life are in this order:

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1. Moderate alcohol consumption 23.5% (a small glass of wine a day for women, two for men, more will damage your health!)

2. Low consumption of meat and meat products 16.6% (professor Trichopoulos recommends eating meat only twice a week)

3. High vegetable consumption 16.2%

4. High fruit and nut consumption 11.2%

5. Higher ratio of monounsaturated to saturated fats 10.6% (more olive oil, less animal fat)

6. High legume consumption 9.7%

This is good news for weight loss candidates. The benefits of fruit and vegetables – rich fibers, water and low in calories, to name a few – are well known, nuts are excellent snack and beans and lentils provide you with excellent and cheap protein.

You may wonder why high cereal consumption is not on this list. The answer may be that the participants probably ate as much unhealthy white bread as healthy whole wheat bread. The health benefits of the healthy bread are balanced by the negative effects of the unhealthy white bread so the result is zero.

The Mediterranean Food Pyramid gives you an easy understanding on how to eat and live like they do in the Mediterranean and enjoy a healthier, longer and slimmer life!


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Updated: February 16, 2014 — 7:48 pm

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