Posted by Administrator on 5/16/2013
For quite a
few years now we’ve been hearing about the benefits of the Mediterranean Diet.
But what makes this particular diet
so healthy? Well the modern Mediterranean diet is inspired by the
traditional dietary patterns of southern Italy, Greece and Spain.
The principal aspects of this diet include proportionally high consumption of olive oil,
unrefined cereals, fruits and vegetables, moderate to high consumption of fish, moderate consumption of dairy products
(mostly as cheese and yogurt), moderate wine consumption, and low consumption
of meat and meat products.
take note however that despite its name, this diet is not typical of all Mediterranean cuisine. For example, in
Northern Italy, lard and butter are commonly used in cooking, and olive oil is reserved for dressing salads and
cooked vegetables. In North Africa, wine is traditionally
avoided by Muslims, and in some Middle Eastern countries, sheep’s fat and
rendered butter are commonly used in cooking.
characteristic of the Mediterranean diet is olive oil, which contains a very
high level of monounsaturated fats, most notably oleic acid,
which recent studies suggest may be linked to a reduction in coronary heart
disease risk. There is also evidence that the antioxidants in olive oil improve
cholesterol regulation and LDL cholesterol reduction, and that it has other
anti-inflammatory and anti-hypertensive effects.
Mediterranean diet often is cited as beneficial for being low in saturated fat and high in monounsaturated fat and dietary fiber.
This is also attributed to the health effects of olive oil.
inclusion of red wine is considered a factor contributing to health as it
contains flavonoids with powerful antioxidant properties.
factors are only part of the reason for the health benefits enjoyed by certain
Mediterranean cultures. A physically active lifestyle or is also critical to
maintaining overall health and well being.
you know that on November 17, 2010, UNESCO recognized this diet pattern as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Italy, Greece, Spain and Morocco?
delicious, easy–to-prepare dish that draws on Mediterranean cuisine, enjoy!