A new study has revived discussion about the health benefits linked to a Mediterranean diet. The research suggests that the foods associated to the traditional cuisine of the Mediterranean region could also lower the risk of dementia by almost a quarter as well as the already accepted boosts. And the ‘protective effect’ that it deals with in the report is something that may allow for treatments to be developed for the disease’s prevention. So, what do we mean by the Mediterranean diet and what does it contrast against?
What is the Mediterranean Diet?
The commonly referred to ‘Mediterranean diet’ is a way of eating that is based on cultural traditions stemming from countries such as Greece, Italy, Spain, and Turkey. The diet is characterised by a high consumption of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and olive oil, as well as moderate amounts of fish, poultry, and dairy, and a low consumption of red meat and sweets. How does that compare to yours?
Mediterranean diet broken down:
As well as the aforementioned countries associated with the diet, it’s worth noting that others that border the Mediterranean Sea, such as France, Morocco, and Tunisia, also have their own eating variations.
Mediterranean diet recipes
When people think about the Mediterranean diet, often words like fresh, healthy, delicious, colourful come to mind as dreams of crisp white dishes being served on a cliffside terrace raise a smile. Here are a few examples of Mediterranean-inspired recipes that could be offered to you on your travels, or that you could rustle up at home:
If that little taster got you in the mood, you’ll love this expansive and creative list of 50 Mediterranean diet recipes.
Often seen as the nemesis of the Mediterranean diet, the generic term ‘western diet’ is handy if you’d rather not stay on the planet too long. This diet refers to a dietary pattern that is commonly consumed in countries such as the United States, Canada, and parts of Western Europe… although clearly there are always exceptions.
This diet is typically high in saturated and trans fats, red and processed meat, refined grains, sugar, and salt, and low in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and seeds. It is also often associated with a high intake of processed and fast foods. The Western-style diet has been linked to various health problems, including obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and certain types of cancer.
Take your pick.
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