The Mediterranean Diet
The Mediterranean Diet is a diet program adapted from the traditional diets of countries from the Mediterranean. The diet involves higher consumption of fruits and vegetables and very little intake of red meat. Fish such as salmon and tuna contain Omega-3 acids that help prevent heart diseases and cancer. The biggest part of their diet consists of breads, cereals, and wheat. The diet is slowly gaining popularity because it does not restrict any food groups. In fact according to some studies, people from the Mediterranean consume higher quantities of fat than people from the United States but the incidence of cardiovascular diseases are lower. This may be because the fats they consume are not those that are known to raise the blood cholesterol levels. People from the Mediterranean also use large amounts of Olive Oil in their diet. Olive oil is known to lower cholesterol in the blood. Under the diet, wine, dairy and poultry products are taken in moderation.
The benefits of the diet include:
- It allows you to keep a healthy heart
- The diet also lowers the risk of diseases such as diabetes and according to some studies gall stones
The disadvantages of the diet are:
- Although the diet promises a healthy heart, the dieter must include regular physical activity to the diet to guarantee weight loss
- Because of the consumption of carbohydrates such as pasta and breads some dieters may actually experience weight gain