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The term 'Mediterranean diet" entered the forefront and captured the international top spot of  proposed food models by establishing its high rank as a  well balanced nutritional eating model and crucial contributor to health and longevity.

What do we mean when we say 'Mediterranean diet' and why do experts urge us to adopt this food model?

A Mediterranean diet is characterised by foods rich in carbohydrates, vitamins and limited in fats and saturated fatty acids. Such a diet includes cereals, whole grains, rice, pasta, fruits, vegetables, herbs, beans, virgin olive oil, unsalted and raw nuts, honey, red wine, fish etc.

Medical investigations have emphasized the beneficial properties of the Mediterranean diet such as protection against strokes and various forms of cancer. Since this diet is low in calories, it invigorates one’s body and helps in maintaining proper digestion. Studies have shown that, inhabitants of Mediterranean countries, which follow this diet, live longer and have fewer occurrences of breast and intestinal cancer in relation to North Americans and Northern-Europeans. Also, a research study of more than 10,000 Spaniards, found that those who most closely adhere to the Mediterranean diet have a 30% lower risk of developing depression than those who do not. Highly reputable hospitals, institutes and Medical Associations from around the world, increasingly refer to the value of the Mediterranean diet by emphasizing the importance of its ingredients to the human body. This diet coupled with daily exercise is the required formula for longevity, health and beauty.

The Mayo Clinic states, “If you are looking for a heart-healthy eating plan, the Mediterranean diet might be right for you.”

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