Those interested in finding the right diet to help lose weight have probably heard of the Mediterranean diet. However, as revealed in recent scientific study by Dr. Hanna E. Bloomfield and her colleagues, this diet may do more than simply reduce the size of your waistline; it could also save your life in the long run. The study was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine on July 18.
The Mediterranean diet is an eating pattern that originated in countries around the Mediterranean Sea, such as Italy and Greece. Of course, the different cultures bordering the Mediterranean Sea have various foods and diets, but they all have shared characteristics, according to, the American Heart Association. All of these diets include a high intake of fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, olive oil, a moderate amount of dairy products, and red wine. In addition, white meat and fish are preferred to red meat.
According to Medscape, the Mediterranean diet is linked with a reduced occurrence of cardiovascular disease, cancer (especially breast cancer), and type 2 diabetes. As a result, people who follow this diet have a much lower risk of death caused by such health problems since they are less likely to develop them to begin with.
Considering these facts, it may come as a surprise that the Mediterranean diet is actually high in fat. In America, it is commonly assumed that fat is something to be avoided as much as possible to stay healthy. What many people overlook is the fact that the real problem is saturated fat and sugar, which is the major cause of obesity. The Mediterranean diet, by contrast, is low in saturated fat but high in monounsaturated fats.
Multiple research studies have shown that “replacing saturated and trans fat with unsaturated fats can help you live longer,” and on top of that the high-fat Mediterranean diet can do a better job than a low-fat diet when it comes to losing weight, CNN reported. The reason why is because unsaturated fats do not contribute to the creation of cholesterol in the blood as saturated fats do. In other words, unsaturated fats can be considered “healthy fats” and should not be avoided like saturated and trans fats.
You can shift to the Mediterranean diet in stages by first using only olive or canola oil for cooking, then replacing red meat with chicken and fish, potato chips with nuts, and generally adding more vegetables, cereals, and beans to dishes, Health Day reported. Naturally, diet alone won’t solve all health problems, as lifestyle choices such as exercise are just as important. However, choosing the Mediterranean diet can be an excellent step to healthy living. For more CDA News, follow our tweets on Twitter and like us on Facebook.
By Cristian Neagoe