What Is a Mediterranean Diet?

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The Mediterranean diet may be a good fit for you if you’re looking to start a healthy diet. It’s not as restrictive as other types of diets and has been linked to many health benefits. But what is it, exactly? And why should you consider following it? First, let’s look at what makes up the Mediterranean diet and how it can help improve your health.

The Mediterranean diet is based on the traditional eating habits of the people living in the Mediterranean region.

The Mediterranean diet is based on the traditional eating habits of people from countries in the Mediterranean region, including Greece, Italy, Spain, and France. It’s not a diet plan; it’s a lifestyle emphasizing whole foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans, and nuts.

One of the main reasons why it works is because it’s low in saturated fats. Many dishes in this style of eating contain no added fat at all! So you’re getting calories from proteins like fish or chicken with vegetable side dishes instead of fatty sauces such as butter or oil.

This type of eating also includes moderate consumption of alcohol (wine) with meals; this helps prevent heart disease by reducing blood pressure levels and lowering cholesterol levels within your body.

The diet emphasizes various vegetables, fruits, beans, legumes, whole grains, fish and seafood, herbs and spices, and healthy fats like olive oil and nuts.

The Mediterranean diet emphasizes various vegetables, fruits, beans and legumes, whole grains, fish and seafood, herbs and spices, and healthy fats like olive oil and nuts.

Fruits (fresh or dried), vegetables (dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach; cruciferous vegetables such as cauliflower), beans (kidney beans; black-eyed peas) and other legumes(lentils), whole grains (oatmeal; brown rice); fish & seafood (salmon fillet with skin on; shrimp cocktail); herbs & spices used in cooking include oregano – parsley – basil – rosemary – thyme.

Vegetables: tomatoes, broccoli, kale, spinach, onions, cauliflower, carrots, Brussels sprouts, cucumbers, potatoes, sweet potatoes, turnips

Fruits: apples, bananas, oranges, pears, strawberries, grapes, dates, figs, melons, peaches

Nuts, seeds, and nut butter: almonds, walnuts, macadamia nuts, hazelnuts, cashews, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, almond butter, peanut butter

Legumes: beans, peas, lentils, pulses, peanuts, chickpeas

Whole grains: oats, brown rice, rye, barley, corn, buckwheat, whole wheat bread, and pasta

Fish and seafood: salmon, sardines, trout, tuna, mackerel, shrimp, oysters, clams, crab, mussels

Poultry: chicken, duck, turkey

Eggs: chicken, quail, and duck eggs

Dairy: cheese, yogurt, milk

Herbs and spices: garlic, basil, mint, rosemary, sage, nutmeg, cinnamon, pepper

Healthy fats: extra virgin olive oil, olives, avocados, and avocado oil

The Mediterranean diet is less restrictive than some other types of diets.

The Mediterranean diet is less restrictive than some other types of diets. It does not require you to count calories or restrict portions, nor does it need you to eat only certain foods. In addition, the Mediterranean diet has no specific meal timing requirements and may be followed daily or during times when you are unable to cook a meal from scratch yourself.

The Mediterranean diet also does not place any restrictions on what types of foods can be eaten, as long as they fit into the general guidelines for fat intake (i.e., no more than one-third of total calories) and caloric intake in general (i.e., no more than 3,200 kcal per day). Furthermore, there is no limit on the number of times per day certain foods can be consumed while following this approach; there are no food intake limits set by the Mediterranean diet itself either!

Research has linked following a Mediterranean diet to many benefits for your health.

Takeaway: There are so many tasty foods that are good for you!

Whether you want to lose weight or eat more healthfully, a Mediterranean diet can help.

Research has linked following a Mediterranean diet to many benefits for your health.

It’s linked with lower blood pressure and better cholesterol levels. It also may help prevent heart attacks and stroke.

It may reduce your risk of diabetes by about 30%.

Overweight people who follow this diet are less likely to become obese than those who don’t follow it or try other diets like Atkins or Weight Watchers (source).

The Mediterranean diet can help you lose weight, lower cholesterol levels, and blood pressure, and improve your overall health. It’s also easy to follow because it doesn’t require you to give up any foods you love. All in all, this is a great way to improve your eating habits!

Be sure to follow our recipes; we follow the Mediterranean diet!

 

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