When it comes to the best diet to follow, nothing holds a candle to the Mediterranean diet. It has numerous benefits, no other diet can comprise all of them in one. When it is deemed as the best amongst all, it’s for a reason. The Mediterranean diet made easy the lives of many health-conscious people. And when you say it’s difficult to follow, remember, there are many simple steps to follow the Mediterranean diet without giving up some (not all) of your favorite foods.
Also, you need to know its benefits. So, have a read.
- Good for your heart.
Researchers claim that people who follow the Mediterranean diet have lowered the risk of heart diseases by a whopping 47 percent! As this diet contains an abundance of fish, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats, it also helps in minimizing your chances to increase your body weight.
It also contains canola oil, nuts, and fatty fish which are rich in omega-3 fatty acid (which is the healthiest fat of all). It helps in stabilizing your blood pressure and blood vessels healthy which in turn, benefits your heart in the long run.
- Slows down the age of your brain.
Believe us, brain food is a real thing. When you consume the Mediterranean diet, it helps in lowering the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. It helps in attaining a better working memory and attention. Since your meal includes leafy greens, nuts, olive oil, and fish, which bestows you with nutrients in abundance, they are simply a godsend diet for us all. This diet also helps in lowering the body inflammation, they also help in protecting the nerve cells in your body from deteriorating itself.
- Your vision becomes clearer.
The Mediterranean diet consists of leafy greens, oranges, peppers, and sweet potatoes which help in enhancing your vision. According to the research, the people who consume a serving of fish every week decreases the risk of developing early age-related macular degeneration (which is abbreviated as AMD). It is a type of eye damage that contributes to vision loss for the people who have aged 50 and older.
- The risk of colon cancer drops drastically
Colorectal cancer has been one of the latest causes of cancer deaths. However, you do have a chance of protecting yourself by this lethal cancer by following the Mediterranean diet. Dieticians claim that if you add at least 90 grams of whole grains in your diet every day, it decreases the risk of colon cancer by a whopping 17 percent! The reason being whole grains are super loaded with fibers. If you keep the Mediterranean diet regular, it also keeps your bowel movements healthy and obviously helps in lowering the risk of colon cancer. How better could this diet get? So, what are you waiting for? You are just one step closer to adopting a healthier lifestyle. Believe us, you will thank the Mediterranean people for it!
Author Bio – Sheila May is a cook and nutritionist who has lived in Italy, Greece and Spain. She recommends the Mediterranean diet to promote healthy and smart eating habits. Fresh produce tastes great too!