The Mediterranean Diet
The Mediterranean diet is one of the few that can work long-term
Mediterranean Diet Benefits
There have been hundreds of studies and reports on the Mediterranean Diet. Many of these have been by well-known prestigious bodies and institutions. Not one has, so far, come to any conclusion other than that this diet has a wide range of confirmed health benefits.
Mediterranean Diet and Weight
There is convincing evidence that following a Mediterranean diet will make it easier to lose weight, if that is needed.
Having reached a healthy weight, the Mediterranean diet then allows for easy maintenance of this weight, while enjoying delicious food.
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The Main Mediterranean Diet Benefits to Health Are These:
Protection against heart disease and stroke. There have been many reports on the benefits of a Med Diet on heart health. For example, an April 2016 study was published in the European Heart Journal that claimed that people who eat and drink a Med diet are up to 33% less likely to suffer a cardiac event than people who follow a typical modern diet. The prestigious Mayo Clinic has described the Med diet as a "heart-healthy eating plan".
Reduced risk of certain cancers. Research has, for example, suggested that a Med Diet can reduce the risk of a deadly form of breast cancer by 40%.
Reduced risk of Alzheimers´ disease. The Neurology journal published a study in 2017. This showed that the brains of followers of a Mediterranean diet shrink less with age than those of people who do not follow a Med diet. Another study suggests that Med diet followers are 50% less likely to develop Alzheimers´as they age.
Less likely to develop type 2 diabetes. A large Spanish study showed an 83% reduction in chances of developing diabetes for followers of a Med diet. The diet also helps those who already have diabetes to manage their condition.
Relieve arthritis symptoms. Various studies have shown that a Med diet can relieve the unpleasant effects of arthritis.
There have been reports and studies suggesting that the Med diet can help in the fight against a wide range of other problems, including: Osteoporosis - Parkinsons´disease - asthma - chronic obstructive pulmonary disease - depression
New York Times Report on the Mediterranean Diet
Is This Report on the Med Diet Too Good To Be True?
The New York times report does indeed sound implausibly up-beat on the benefits of the Mediterranean Diet. That´s even though they do not mention weight loss or control, which is the main benefit for many people!
The report does talk about the importance of sticking exactly to what is considered a Med Diet. This would include, for example, eating fish three times a week. However, the people from the Med region do not adhere to a rigid diet at all. Not now and not 50 years ago.
As we talk about later, A "Med Diet" is to a large extent a question of common sense. Eating what most accept as being healthy food, like fish and lean meat, fruit and vegetables, and extra-virgin olive oil. Also, avoiding what we all know does us little good. Sugar, in all its many forms!