The Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean diet has gained popularity worldwide for its delicious flavors and numerous health benefits. This diet emphasises whole foods, plant-based ingredients, and healthy fats. Here’s a quick summary of what makes up the Mediterranean diet:

• Fresh fruits and vegetables
• Whole grains: whole wheat, oats, and barley
• Healthy fats: olive oil, avocados, nuts, and seeds
• Lean proteins: fish, poultry, eggs, and legumes
• Dairy and fermented foods: Moderate amounts of Greek yogurt, cheese, and probiotic-rich options
• Herbs and spices
• Limiting processed foods and sweets with an emphasis on fresh, whole foods.

Research has shown that the Mediterranean diet offers numerous health benefits. It has been associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease such as heart attack and stroke, reduced risk of type 2 diabetes and some cancers, increasing lifespan, and can even support weight loss.

Adopting the Mediterranean diet is about embracing a lifestyle rather than adhering to strict rules. It’s important to enjoy the pleasures of cooking and savoring meals with family and friends. By incorporating the principles of this delicious and nutritious eating pattern, you can embark on a journey toward improved health and well-being. Speak to your dietitian if you’d like to know more about how the Mediterranean diet may work for you.