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Mediterranean Diet: What is it? What are the health-related benefits? Examples?

Updated: Dec 6, 2022


The Mediterranean diet has repeatedly proven that it has incredibly beneficial health properties for reducing morbidity (reducing death) and improving overall health [1]. A clinical randomised control trial (experiments that CAN determine CAUSE AND EFFECT) demonstrated a 70% reduction in all-cause death (generalised death) and a 73% reduction in death by cardiovascular disease [2] for participants assigned to the Mediterranean diet.


A Mediterranean diet consists of the following food groups:

  • Fruits

  • Vegetables

  • Extra virgin olive oil

  • Wholebreadbreads and cereals

  • Legumes or beans (e.g. chickpeas, kidney beans or lentils)

  • Nuts and seeds

  • Fish and seafood

  • Onion, garlic and other herbs and spices (e.g. oregano, coriander, cumin etc.)


Additional considerations for the Mediterranean diet:

  • Red wine is traditionally drunk with the Mediterranean diet

  • Red meat is limited within the Mediterranean diet

  • Yoghurt, cheese, milk and lean protein (including chicken, turkey and eggs) are also eaten in the Mediterranean diet

  • Processed meat is avoided within this diet

Why is the Mediterranean diet healthy?

  • Good balance of healthy fats

  • High in fresh foods and low in processed foods

  • High fibre and more prolonged feelings of fullness

  • High in antioxidants and reduce inflammation throughout the body

  • Promotes protection against harmful (damaging) chemicals in the blood (e.g. inflammatory markers, platelet aggregation factors, oxidative stress)

  • Robust and healthy gut-microbiota [1]

A Mediterranean diet can help people suffering from:

  • Heart disease

  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus

  • Fatty liver disease

  • Chronic kidney disease

  • Anxiety and depression

  • Help prevent cognitive decline

Examples of the Mediterranean diet throughout the day:

Breakfast


- Toast with extra virgin olive oil and cheese, grilled tomato, baked beans OR eggs

- Natural greek style yoghurt with fruit

- Wholegrain breakfast cereal (e.g. Weetbix)


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Lunch

Dinner

Snacks

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References:


[1] V. Tosti, B. Bertozzi, and L. Fontana, "Health Benefits of the Mediterranean Diet: Metabolic and Molecular Mechanisms," The Journals of Gerontology: Series A, vol. 73, no. 3, pp. 318-326, 2018, doi: 10.1093/gerona/glx227.

[2] M. de Lorgeril et al., "Mediterranean alpha-linolenic acid-rich diet in secondary prevention of coronary heart disease," (in eng), Lancet, vol. 343, no. 8911, pp. 1454-9, Jun 11 1994, doi: 10.1016/s0140-6736(94)92580-1.


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