The Mediterranean diet is one of the so-called diets that has received the most praise for its positive effects on health. The Mediterranean diet, popular in Mediterranean nations like Spain, Italy, and Greece, emphasizes a lot of vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes, seeds, and fish, as well as a moderate number of dairy products and little to no red meat. It is more of an eating pattern than a calorie-restricted diet.
Followers of this diet avoid processed foods high in sugar, refined carbs, and bad fats are avoided (think: chips, cookies, cake, white bread, white rice, and the like). However, they do occasionally enjoy a glass of red wine with dinner.
The Benefits Of A Mediterranean Diet
When combined with regular exercise, a traditional Mediterranean diet rich in fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, fish, and olive oil can lower your chance of developing major mental and physical health issues by:
1. Preventing strokes and heart attacks
2. Preserving your agility
3. Lowering the danger of Alzheimer's
According to research, following a Mediterranean diet may lower your chance of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease by lowering your blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels.
4. Cutting risk of Parkinson's disease in half
5. Lengthening lifespan
The Mediterranean diet lowers your risk of heart disease and cancer by 20%, which reduces your risk of dying at any age.