Why is the Mediterranean Diet so Special?

January 11, 2017

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Fast Facts About The Mediterranean Diet 

Many people have heard of the “Mediterranean Diet”, but some just think it is another diet scam that will come and go. It is actually an older diet, and people have been mimicking the eating styles of the Mediterranean region for many years now, and it has shown benefits to those who follow it.

Most diet plans are set up merely for weight loss, but this diet is great for heart health along with weight loss. It bases meals off of fruit and vegetables along with “healthy” fats found in olive oil.

These fats are known to have lower levels of “LDL” (low density lipoprotein). This actually reduces cholesterol and plaque buildup in arteries.

Other foods incorporated in the Mediterranean Diets meals are whole grains, legumes, moderate cheese consumption, and  spices used for flavor instead of using salt. Compared to other diet plans, this eating pattern has shown a healthy increase in fiber consumption, which  helps control blood sugar and digestion.

Also, incorporating fish at least twice a week is part of the Mediterranean Diet. The omega – 3 fatty acids are essential to the body, which means we don’t make them so we have to consume them through the diet.

These fatty acids increases “HDL” (high density lipoprotein) which is sometimes referred to as the good cholesterol.

Some foods emphasized in the Mediterranean Diet are:

  • Hummus
  • Spinach
  • Salmon
  • Feta cheese
  • Greek yogurt
  • Whole wheat flat bread
  • Moderate red wine consumption
  • Hard boiled eggs

If you are looking for a new eating pattern and think the Mediterranean Diet is one for you, check out some easy recipes here!

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