Mediterranean Diet - "The world's healthiest way of eating"

The Mediterranean diet is "the world's healthiest way of eating" according to physician health advocates Drs. Mehment Oz and Michael Roizen. The antioxidant-rich Mediterranean diet and lifestyle promotes heart health, a reduced risk for diabetes and cancer, less stress, greater physical activity via walking, and a focus on strong social bonds, family, laughter, and shared meal times.

Based on the traditional foods and lifestyle of countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea, the Mediterranean diet has received the thumbs up from numerous physicians and health promotion experts world-wide, including Drs. Mehment Oz, Michael Roizen, and Andrew Weil, as well as the Mayo Clinic and the Harvard School of Public Health.

“… That's because the Mediterranean diet's ample produce, whole grains, fish and olive oil components are overflowing with vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytochemicals as well as good-for-you monounsaturated and omega-3 fats. These nutrients can fight diabetes, depression, metabolic syndrome, obesity and memory loss. And that's just the beginning. The Mediterranean diet also can slash your risk of heart disease by 29 percent and stroke by 13 percent. What's more, it can cut the odds of prostate, endometrial, pancreatic, breast and colon cancers by 10 percent to 25 percent, and help you live younger and longer with less disability.”

Drs. Mehment Oz & Michael Roizen
The Washington Examiner

From the Washington Examiner article on "How you can eat healthy for cheap"

Studies observe health benefits from following a Mediterranean diet:

  • Longer lifespan
  • Lower risk of dying at any age
  • Lower risk of dying from heart disease
  • Lower risk of dying from cancer
  • Lower risk of developing Type 2 diabetes
  • Lower risk of hypertension
  • Lower risk of raised cholesterol levels
  • Lower risk of becoming obese
  • Lower risk of developing Alzheimer's disease
  • Lower risk of developing Parkinson's disease

The daily mainstay of the Mediterranean diet includes high-quality, antioxidant-rich fresh fruits and vegetables (organic preferred), nuts, legumes, unrefined cereals, olive oil (Olive oil is rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, C, D, E, K and Iron), cheese, yogurt, and fish. Red wine is included (provides antioxidants including the newly popular resveratrol) and fruit is often the daily dessert.

 


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