Mediterranean Diet: Why It Makes Sense

Mediterranean Diet: Why It Makes Sense

We know all about it. Just shy of the stroke of midnight you added “dieting” to your list of New Year’s resolutions – before dashing to the ‘frig for just one more bite of Brie or piece of chocolate. But if you are serious about making 2015 the year for slimming, check out this post by Anastasia Pantsios in EcoWatch. Apparently there are very good reasons for another look at the so-called Mediterranean Diet.

With so many people desperate to either lose weight or get healthier, we’re bombarded by diets that promise to protect us against a range of diseases and keep us strong, energetic and disease-free. Some of them are pretty dubious, some of them are almost impossible to follow. But some are reasonable, doable and actually have some results to back them up.

The Mediterranean diet contains so many tasty foods that are good for you that it doesn’t feel like you’re depriving yourself. Photo credit: Shutterstock

The so-called “Mediterranean Diet” is nothing more than the typical diet consumed in countries like Spain, France, Greece and Italy, and even countries like Turkey and Morocco, a region where incidence of heart disease is low. It’s also connected with reduced risk of cancer, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. But what does it consist of and could it work for you?

1. This is a big olive-growing region, which means olive oil, one of the healthiest fats you can use. And it’s easy to add some to your meal. A toss of olive oil and balsamic vinegar on your salad is a much healthier choice than obliterating it with a gloppy, calorie-laden ranch or thousand island dressing. Dip your bread in olive oil as the French and Italians do instead of slathering on the butter.

2. With its mild climate, fresh produce is almost always in season, and its popular dishes tend to be vegetable-heavy even when meat is included. Tomatoes, eggplants and peppers abound in its traditional specialties.

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