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What is Mediterranean Diet?

  By posted Feb 13th 2013
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What is Mediterranean Diet?


The Mediterranean diet is as one of the healthiest diet option available. It is diet wherein good taste and good health comes in hand-in-hand. A person who follows Mediterranean diet consumes more of legumes, unrefined cereals, fruits, vegetables and more consumption of dairy products. Consumption of meat and meat products is usually very low. 

 

A person who follows Mediterranean diet possess very low risk of developing serious diseases like some types of cancer, type-2 diabetes Alzheimer’s and also increases longevity. 

 

Mediterranean diet includes fresh, seasonal foods like vegetables, fruits, beans, whole grains, olives, fish and eggs. All these foods are rich in micronutrients, antioxidants, minerals and essential vitamins.

 

Mediterranean diet consists of very less amount of saturated fat, sodium and sugar.

 

The basics of Mediterranean diet are


Getting plenty of exercise

Eating plant-based foods as far as possible

Replace butter with healthy fats such as olive oil and canola oil

Use herbs and spices instead of salt to flavor foods

Limit red meat usage to not more than a few times a month

Eat fish and poultry at least twice a week

Drinking red wine in moderation 

 

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