Health benefits.

The health benefits of a Mediterranean diet are well known. The results of the 7 countries study in the 1960�s demonstrated positive indicators on health for the Mediterranean model. This diet is now regarded by many experts as containing the food elements most likely to achieve dietary goals in the shortest time frame. The model is best viewed as an eating pattern as a whole and not by advertising one particular aspect of the diet. The temptation however, has always been to try and decipher which actual components of the diet are responsible for the positive results.

The Mediterranean diet in general contains a high quantity of fruit and vegetables, high amounts of whole grain cereals rather than refined flour, a variety of legumes (chick peas, lentils and beans), herbs and spices for flavour, abundant fish and seafood but only moderate amounts of red meat. For those who like wine you will be pleased with the confirmation that moderate amounts with the meals are also considered part of the deal.

One dietary component gaining publicity and thought to be responsible for good health in the Mediterranean diet was the type of on fat. The diet has relatively high quantities of monounsaturated fat from olive oil and high amounts of omega 3 polyunsaturated fatty acids from seeds, nuts and fish. This is contrary to a relatively high content the unsaturated fats found in diets containing red meat.

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