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Foods of the Mediterranean

Foods of the Mediterranean for Better Health

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The Look Is Always Colorful

About 1975 the general American public was introduced to foods of the Mediterranean as a healthy alternative to the steak and potatoes diet that we had been eating all of our lives.  After all, that was the diet many of us coming from northern European ancestry had become accustomed to, so we really didn’t know any other way.  Fortunately as the world has become smaller, we have all been introduced to different cuisine from around the world.

We would like you to become more involved with this diet if you are into cooking, or are trying to be.

Foods of the Mediterranean Are Not Just About Italy and Greece

There are 21 countries surrounding the Mediterranean, and each fortunately for us brings their own culture of cuisine.  But there are a few common traits to foods of the Mediterranean, and not surprisingly most are due to their close proximity to the sea.  The foods of the area are fresh fruits and vegetables, emphasizing seafood and poultry, along with rice, pastas, grains in addition to beans.  The most common methods of cooking are grilling and broiling, and the most common fat or oil used is olive oil.  Fresh herbs are used in abundance.

Mediterranean Diet Cookbook For Dummies

Mediterranean Diet Cookbook For Dummies

Cucumbers, legumes, onions, mushrooms, okra, eggplant, artichokes, squash, tomatoes, and a variety of greens are served baked, sauteed, pureed, grilled or fresh. Cheese and yogurt are also major components of foods of the Mediterranean.  This diet is characterized by flexibility, so as the ingredients have a common bond there is a multitude of regional variations.  They are known for their wonderful flavors that we believe anyone could incorporate a good number of these foods into their diets regularly.

So They Taste Great, but what Are the Health Benefits

According to the Mayo Clinic, research has shown that the traditional Mediterranean diet plan reduces the risk of heart disease, as well as reducing the incidence of cancer, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.  These are the reasons most if not all major scientific organizations encourage adapting the Mediterranean diet for preventing major chronic diseases.

But although this diet is widely recognized for its health benefits, it is not a weight-loss program per se, as would be some of the diets specifically designed to reduce weight.  If you are looking to eat mass quantities of the foods of the Mediterranean and wash it down with a bottle of red wine, you will probably not lose weight.  But if you eat in moderation with a single glass of red wine you should lose weight.  Here’s why.

Most of these foods are true foods that burn fat, and if you can consume this diet in moderation you will not be eating a diet that is higher in fat and carbohydrates.  Because it is truly delicious, it is easy to keep on this diet and you won’t look longingly to those unhealthy foods you used to love.  To get a better understanding of how this diet sets up, check out the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid below.

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Mediterranean Diet Pyramid

 

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