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This article was written on 17 May 2013, and is filled under Healthy Food.

Health Benefits of the Mediterranean Diet

Earlier this year, an interesting study brought the Mediterranean diet once again into the spotlight. At a glance, from the presented results it seems that eating a healthy Mediterranean diet can lower the risk of heart disease. But are things really that simple?

The closer look at the study reveals that its findings can’t be applied to the general terms of Mediterranean diet, but are instead focused on two specific nutrients: nuts and olive oil. According to the results of the cited study, a regular, but moderate intake of nuts and/or olive oil might indeed reduce the risk of heart disease when paired with a Mediterranean diet.

The Mediterranean diet typically includes a lot of vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts and spices at the base of its nutritional pyramid. The next recommended group of foods includes fish and other seafood. Not a surprise, since this diet originated from the countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea! Poultry, eggs, milk and diary products are also important, while meats and sweets are the least favoured foods. When it comes to drinks, water and wine are the traditional choices.

The Mediterranean diet is also connected with an active lifestyle and a tendency to enjoy meals in the circle of friends and family. In other words, ideally you should avoid rushed meals! Here, how you eat is equally important as what you eat. Another important factor is the amount. Since the diet often includes foods that are rich in calories, it is important to avoid overly large meals. Moderation is the key!

To sum it up, if you have a fondness for fish, olives, nuts, tomatoes and other vegetables, you might want to try out cooking up delicious Mediterranean meals! From Italian pasta to Greek salad, here are some recipes that will help you get started.