The Mediterranean cuisine is the cuisine of the countries around the Mediterranean. The best known are Italy, Portugal, Spain, Greece and France. The Mediterranean diet is based on the cuisines of these countries, and consists mainly of whole grains, fruits and vegetables, fish, legumes and olive oil. There is no calorie restriction, and no single food expressly prohibited. It 's more a lifestyle than a diet. Many people do not follow the Mediterranean diet to lose weight, but just to live healthier. And for that, this diet is ideal. Precisely because in the long term, it is easy to maintain.
People who follow the Mediterranean diet have a lower risk of the metabolic syndrome, heart disease, stroke and dementia. Research has also shown that the diet protects the brain. Those who follow the Mediterranean diet have less small infestations of the blood vessels in the brains. According to researchers, this is due to the ratio of monounsaturated fats and saturated fats. The diet has a low amount of saturated fat. Previously showed that this diet makes for a life extension of 2 to 3 years.
Basically everything can be eaten in this diet. No food is explicitly excluded. The point of this diet is that you should keep a Mediterranean diet for most of the time. In addition to the correct ratio between monounsaturated fat and saturated fat, the diet contains healthy fiber, carbohydrates and antioxidants. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts, pasta, rice and seeds are the main ingredients of a meal. Meat and dairy products for example are not prohibited, but are no main ingredients if you follow this diet.
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