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:

Washington Post (blog)

Rick Warren's weight-loss plan named Christian Book of the Year
Washington Post (blog)
Earth's loss is heaven's gain. Bestselling pastor Rick Warren won the Christian Book of the Year Award Tuesday night for his weight-loss book, “The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life,” written with doctors Daniel Amen and Mark Hyman. The Book of ...



Medical Daily

The Skinny On Weight Loss: 7 Things No One Tells You About Losing Weight
Medical Daily
When it comes to weight loss, the formula is simple: diet and exercise. However, eating less and exercising more doesn't necessarily translate to weight loss. Weight doesn't actually tell you about your body's composition, nor the deposits of hidden ...



ConsumerAffairs

Feds charge company used "fake news" websites to promote bogus weight-loss ...
ConsumerAffairs
The Sale Slash storefront on Sears.com A company called Sale Slash has Oprah Winfrey and other big-name celebrities endorsing it and it uses "fake news" sites and spam emails to lure customers but the Federal Trade Commission says its weight-loss ...
FTC Shuts Down Two More Fake News Sites Pushing Weight-Loss ProductsThe Consumerist
FTC Continues Crackdown On Companies Pitching Weight-Loss MiraclesMediaPost Communications
FTC Halts Deceptive Marketing of Bogus Weight-Loss ProductsImperial Valley News
Lexology (registration) -WholeFoods Magazine
all 20 news articles »


The Inquisitr

Beyonce's Diet And Weight Loss Vegan Eating Secrets, Workout Exercise Plan ...
The Inquisitr
After Beyoncé revealed a slimmer version of herself at the Met gala in a sheer gown, more interest in the singer's weight loss, diet plan, and workout regimen has been displayed. As a result, People reports that it's likely a venture into vegan-land ...
Beyoncé's trainer reveals her diet secretsTV3.ie

all 4 news articles »


Weight-loss experts take your questions tonight
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Does having a medical condition affect weight loss? How long does it take to lose weight if you have been yo-yo dieting? Experts will take a broad range of questions from readers about health and fitness in a live chat on Tuesday night. The online ...
Fleet Feet Sports to host Ton of Fun Weight Loss ChallengePenfield Post

all 2 news articles »


Carbondale Chiropractic adds weight loss program
The Southern
The Carbondale Chiropractic Injury Clinic announced this week it has added the Doctor Supervised ChiroThin Weight Loss Program to its office. “The number of people in the United Sates that are overweight or obese has reached near epidemic portions," ...



Patheos (blog)

The Math of Weight Loss…
Patheos (blog)
The Math of Weight Loss… May 3, 2015 by Katrina Fernandez Leave a Comment … I know I promised not to turn this into a diet blog, but it just so happened this week I'd been too busy to sit down and write anything else. So you get two diet posts in a ...



Everyday Health (blog)

10 Things Your Doctor Won't Tell You About Weight Loss
Everyday Health (blog)
From unexpected perks to annoying side effects, here are 10 important truths about weight loss that your doctor probably won't mention. 1. Diet alone — or exercise alone — won't cut it. The best path to long-term, sustainable weight loss is a healthy ...



YourWestValley.com

Sun Health offers weight-loss series
YourWestValley.com
Sun Health will offer a 12-week weight-loss series beginning 8:30 to 10 a.m. Thursday in the Community Room at Sun Health Center for Health & Wellbeing, 14719 W. Grand Ave., Surprise. Sun Health officials cited research that shows nearly two out of ...



Knock It Off Team ready to show off their weight loss
KSLA-TV
The Knock It Off team is ready to show off their hard work in the season 4 finale. For the past twelve weeks, twelve individuals have been working as a team to lose weight. They have exercised together as a team with different fitness experts in the area.


Google News


Advertisement



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

Copyright © 2006 Luminati Inc. All rights reserved.