Bookmark Website  | Free Registration  | The Team
The Lounge  | Champions  | The Wire |  Schedule |  Audio  |  Arcade  |  The Top Ten  |  Historical  |  Email  |  Video

The Mediterranean Diet - Oh So Tasty


Yes, there is more to the Mediterranean than sun, beach and wine... there is the Mediterranean Diet...

For many years now the inhabitants of countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea - (such as southern Spain, Italy, Portugal, Greece, Turkey, Syria, Libya, Algeria, Morocco, Lebanon and Israel) have been considered to be among the healthiest in the world enjoying both high life expectancy plus showing health benefits like low incidence of chronic diseases and in recent years many studies have been made to discover why and if it has to do with more than just the sunshine!

Traditionally, their diet has been based on the livestock, fishing and agriculture of their land and reliance on foods from a rich diversity of plant sources including fruits, whole grains, nuts, beans and seeds. In Northern Africa for example, couscous, vegetables and legumes form the centre of the diet, in the Eastern Mediterranean, bulgar and rice along with vegetables and legumes and in Southern Europe, the basis is formed by rice, polenta, pasta with plenty of vegetables and legumes and everywhere bread is eaten at most meals (but without butter!).

Nutritional research has shown the advantages of a diet HIGH in vegetables, fruits, grains, monounsaturated fats and various complex carbohydrates but LOW in cholesterol and certain forms of saturated fat and led to greater public awareness.

It is true that these foods, like those foods consumed by the rest of Europe and the United States are rich in fat, BUT... of a different type!

Let me explain this: There are three types of dietary fats:

· Saturated fats, (from animals)
· Polyunsaturated fats (from plants, seeds, nuts and vegetables)
· mono saturated fats (olive oil). Olive oil isn't only delicious (and somewhat expensive) but it's also rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, C, D, E and K as well as iron.

The health and therapeutic benefits of olive oil are vast: namely?

· it does not have the same cholesterol raising effects as the saturated fats found in animal fats
· it contains anti-oxidants that discourage clogging of the arteries and chronic diseases including cancer
· and it also has lubricating properties in so far as it acts as a laxative, aids digestion and protects the intestine from ulcers.

Now, this "Mediterranean diet" - (though not exactly a diet in the ´slimmers´ sense of the word), has led to a style of eating that is a move away from relying on manufactured food stuffs to recipes consisting of natural and healthy ingredients eaten raw or minimally processed.

So WHAT typically comprises "The Mediterranean Diet?"

When, in 1993, The Harvard University School of Public Health and Oldways Preservation and Exchange Trust (a Boston based educational organisation) held a conference on the Mediterranean diet and its influence on public health, reviewing data concerned with the dietary traditions of those countries bordering the Mediterranean, the committee developed the "Mediterranean Food Guide Pyramid", the main points of which are summarised as follows:

· plenty of food from plant sources, including fruit, vegetables, breads and grains, beans, nuts and seeds
· use of Olive Oil replacing other fats and oils
· fresh fruit daily
· Seasonally fresh and locally grown foods in preference to processed foods
· Saturated fat should constitute less than 20 per cent of total calories
· small amounts of cheese and yoghurt (containing live cultures which may contribute to good health)
· daily moderate amounts of fish and poultry weekly and only a few eggs
· very little red meat
· a glass of wine (especially red) with meals as it contains anti-oxidants and has cholesterol reducing properties (although optional as there are contraindications for women related to breast cancer)

Natalia Kim is a journalist for http://www.beginning-exercise-and-weight-loss-help.com


MORE RESOURCES:

The Salinas Californian

Cautious response to new weight loss drug
The Salinas Californian
Why should the combination of these drugs help with weight loss? It's likely that the drugs act on impulse, reward and/or hunger centers in the brain to decrease appetite and dampen the reflex to seek food for comfort. Not everyone who is overweight ...



Yahoo Health

10 Best-Ever Snacks for Weight Loss
Yahoo Health
To help you choose the best crunchy, salty, creamy, chocolatey indulgences—and strip away up to 30 pounds or more a year, without dieting—we at Eat This, Not That! just released our annual report on the 10 Best-Ever Snacks for Weight Loss ...



Closer Weekly

Weight Loss Wednesday: Amanda Shed More Than 50 Pounds to Get Fit for Her ...
Closer Weekly
At nearly 200 pounds, Amanda Gomez says she was a "couch potato" and had a hard time keeping up with her young kids. After her fiancĂ© proposed, Amanda set out on a seven-month weight loss journey by exercising and dieting with Personal Trainer Food ...



The Inquisitr

Best Diet Plans Research Reveals High-Fat, Low-Carb Paleo Weight Loss Diets ...
The Inquisitr
For decades, weight loss warriors seeking the best diet plans inevitably heard the same advice. Eat less, move more, cut fat. So they reached for their fat-free Snackwell cookies, bought Infomercial gadgets that promised to help them exercise while ...



U-T San Diego

Weight loss drug claims heart benefit
U-T San Diego
The agency required the trial because of longstanding concerns that weight-loss drugs can cause heart damage. An interim analysis of the results found that Contrave didn't increase "major adverse cardiovascular events" by 100 percent or more. That was ...
Bulking up on a weight loss pillUSA TODAY
Orexigen Weight-Loss Pill Shows Surprise Heart-Safety BenefitTheStreet.com
Orexigen pleases shareholders, irks FDAMedical Marketing and Media
Ashburn Daily
all 80 news articles »


WJHG-TV

Best Workouts for Weight Loss
WJHG-TV
Dr. Karen Cooper, who did not take part in the study but is a weight-loss expert at Cleveland Clinic, said, "Exercise activity will reduce abdominal obesity, which is what we need. It causes diabetes, hypertension, and all of these things we want to avoid.
The Best Workout for Weight LossTIME
High Intensity Workouts For Weight LossHealth Aim

all 16 news articles »


NEWS.com.au

Woman known as 'Half Ton Killer' shares weight loss story
FOX31 Denver
HOUSTON — A Texas woman once called the “Half Ton Killer,” after being accused of killing her nephew by rolling on him with her 1,000-pound frame. She cleared her name and is now motivating others with her weight loss story, KTRK reported. “I was ...
Woman Once Known as 'Half-Ton Killer' Loses 800 Pounds, Shares Weight Loss ...KTLA
Mayra Rosales Loses 800 Pounds In Dramatic Weight-Loss MakeoverThe Inquisitr
Woman dubbed “half-ton killer” sheds over 800 pounds, shares weight loss ...New York's PIX11 / WPIX-TV
NEWS.com.au -Stuff.co.nz
all 36 news articles »


Weight Loss and Weight Management Market by Equipment, Surgical ...
PR Newswire (press release)
NEW YORK, March 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The global weight loss and weight management market is expected to reach $206.4 billion by 2019 from $148.1 billion in 2014, growing at a CAGR of 6.9% from 2014 to 2019. The weight loss and weight ...

and more »


WILX-TV

Mayor Bernero Launches Workplace Weight Loss Initiative
WILX-TV
Lansing's mayor launched a workplace version of his "Lansing Loses a Million" weight loss initiative. He is encouraging city workers to get involved to help lose those unwanted pounds, with a special discounted rate at the Lansing YMCA. We asked Mayor ...

and more »


MyCentralJersey.com

Studies show bariatric weight loss can help fertility
MyCentralJersey.com
Bariatric surgery is an increasingly popular, safe, and effective approach for achieving sustainable weight loss, as well as reducing infertility and other health problems associated with severe obesity, such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, high ...
New study finds that weight loss surgery prolongs lifeEast Brunswick Sentinel
Weight Loss Surgery Information SessionThe Daily Voice

all 12 news articles »

Google News


Advertisement



Section Site Map - Submit News - Feedback - Comments - Advertise with Us

Copyright © 2006 Luminati Inc. All rights reserved.