Mediterranean Diet Advantages

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There are many advantages to the Mediterranean diet:

  • High in fresh vegetables and fruit, to the recommended levels
  • Very high in fibre, which prevents certain disorders of the gastrointestinal system
  • Low in saturated fat
  • Red wine is included in the Mediterranean diet in moderation
  • Includes all the essential fatty acids (omega-3 and omega-6) required for good heart health
  • Proven to be beneficial for heart health, with the high levels of vegetables, grains, fish and low in saturated fat
  • Lowers risk of certain gastrointestinal cancers
  • Studies show that a pregnant woman on a Mediterranean diet may prevent future allergies in her children
  • Daily exercise recommended is another health advantage of the Mediterranean diet
Studies show that a pregnant woman following a Mediterranean diet may prevent future allergies in her children

References

  1. de Lorgeril M, Salen P, Martin JL, Monjaud I, Delaye J, Mamelle N. Mediterranean diet, traditional risk factors, and the rate of cardiovascular complications after myocardial infarction: final report of the Lyon Diet Heart Study.  1999 Feb 16;99(6):779-85.
  2. Kris-Etherton P, Eckel R H, Howard BV, St. Jeor S, Bazzarre T L, for the Nutrition Committee Population Science Committee and Clinical Science Committee of the American Heart Association. Lyon Diet Heart Study. Benefits of a Mediterranean-Style, National Cholesterol Education Program/American Heart Association Step I Dietary Pattern on Cardiovascular Disease. Circulation. 2001; 103: 1823-1825

 

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