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What you eat eventually becomes part of you. If you are considering changing your eating habits, why should you consider the Mediterranean Diet? The diet is a new approach towards food. Learn all about the components of the Mediterranean Diet.
Why the Mediterranean Diet?
Each one of us is concerned about health issues at one point or another, either for us or our loved ones. We all have to ask ourselves, “Could this health concern have been avoided through better eating habits?” Although we learn many things in life, phrases such as "you are what you eat" tend to leave lasting impressions. But is it true?
To some extent, yes. The different foods we eat contain ingredients, namely: fats, carbohydrates, proteins and vitamins. Whenever you reach for that juicy burger or just plain broccoli, it will eventually be broken down. The molecular components are used to maintain and repair the body as well as to fuel the body. However, any excess components are magically (*sigh*) stored in the body as fat cells. Making it true that what you eat eventually becomes part of you.
Upgrading one’s diet is a thought we all entertain, but few take the necessary actions in order to enjoy the elusive results.
Every day we are bombarded with all sorts of diets and contradictory advice, which can be overwhelming at times. This article is not suggesting a “one size fits all” solution. However, the Mediterranean diet emphasizes a diet that is balanced and composed of healthy fats and whole foods. The diet is not a “quick weight loss” scheme or a fad diet.
The Mediterranean diet has scientific backing; people who adhere to the diet show lower rates of diabetes, obesity, heart diseases, metabolic syndrome and hypertension. It has also been associated with reduced risk for diseases such as Alzheimer’s and certain cancers.
The Mediterranean diet can be thought of as a new approach to food that focuses on using healthy ingredients to produce a wide range of surprisingly tasty dishes bursting with flavor and zest.
Components of the Mediterranean Diet
There is no “one” Mediterranean diet, and dishes vary from one country to another. In the diet, meats are replaced with lean proteins such as fish. Fish is an excellent source of protein while offering fewer calories per ounce.
Vegetables are in abundance in the Mediterranean diets. They are rich in antioxidants, vitamins and flavonoids. They are also low in calories and high in fiber, which is essential for the digestive system. The use of different herbs, pepper, garlic and olive oil to turn up the taste of veggies is completely legal in the Mediterranean diet. No one wants to experience the slow agony of tasteless vegetables.
Although some people avoid nuts for fear of high-fat content, a handful can be a healthy addition to your diet. Nuts are high in antioxidants and unsaturated fats.
Olive oil is the signature ingredient in the Mediterranean diet. The idea is not to completely eliminate butter but to consume it in moderation. “Too much of something is poisonous” applies very well in this case. Before you reach for that butter or margarine, think of a healthier alternative such as olive oil.
A Mediterranean diet which is rich in vegetal fats does not mean it comes with weight gain if compared to a low-fat diet,...