As we all know that the peoples who live in the countries that are located near the Mediterranean Sea live much longer and suffer less than most Americans from cancer and cardiovascular ailments. The secret is very simple: active lifestyle, weight control and a diet low in red meat, sugar and saturated fat and high in produce, nuts and other healthful foods.
How it works?
There is a pyramid that was developed for the consumer of the Mediterranean diet. This pyramid includes: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts, legumes, olive oil, herbs and spices, which are not only useful, but also will give your dish a wonderful aroma and taste; eating fish and seafood at least a couple of times a week;
You can also eat poultry, eggs, cheese and yogurt, although not as often as you would like. The same recommendations refer to the sweet and red meat.
The Mediterranean diet has been associated with a decreased risk for heart disease, and it’s been shown to reduce blood pressure and LDL cholesterol. If you eat less saturated fat food, which increases the level of cholesterol in the body, but rather in moderate amounts in your diet to include mono- and polyunsaturated fats (which reduce the level of cholesterol in the body), then you will improve the work of your heart and your whole organism.
Also, this diet:
- can prevent or control diabetes;
- safe for everyone, from kids and adults to seniors;