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Mediterranean Diet Health Benefits

Inhabitants of countries adjacent to the Mediterranean Sea, such as Greece, Albania, Italy, France, Turkey and Israel, traditionally consume a healthy diet rich in vegetables, seafood, herbs and fruits. Referred to as the Mediterranean Diet, these foods comprising the daily meals of those living in these nearby countries are naturally low in fat and calories, high in protein and contain lesser amounts of saturated fat than the typical Western diet. Traditional Mediterranean cuisine consists mainly of:

Olive oil is a healthy type of cooking oil providing monounsaturated fats – specifically oleic acid – that can potentially lower the risk of developing heart disease. Antioxidants contained in olive oil have anti-hypertensive and anti-inflammatory properties that enhance heart health and contribute to this reduced risk
Legumes, such as chickpeas, fava beans, almonds and pistachios, constitute a large part of the Mediterranean Diet. Found in a variety of Greek, Turkish and Middle Eastern recipes, legumes contain antioxidants, three different Vitamin Bs, iron, potassium and zinc. Nuts offer the health benefits of copper, zinc, magnesium and flavonoids. Because legumes are rich in fiber, they also assist in weight control and keep you feeling fuller longer than other foods.
Unrefined cereals such as barley, oats, wheat flour and rye also help make the Mediterranean Diet especially beneficial to diabetics who need to control blood sugar levels. These unrefined carbohydrates are rich in fiber and provide the same kind of long-lasting satiation that legumes do which helps dieters stave off hunger pangs.
Vegetables like artichokes, eggplants and figs are commonly found in Mediterranean dishes such as marinated artichoke hearts, vegetable stew with figs and baba ganouj. A favorite French vegetable dish called ratatouille contains eggplant as well as tomatoes, onions, zucchini and various Provencal herbs.
Fruits grown in the Mediterranean region include olives, figs, persimmons, grapes, pomegranates, loquats, pistachios and cactus pears. Traditional salads frequently contain olive oil, olives, lemon juice, onions and assorted fruit slices served on large grape leaves.
Cheese and yogurt--instead of using cow's milk, Mediterranean cheese and yogurt is created from sheep and goat milk, which contains lesser amounts of saturated fat. Further, this type of cheese is usually unprocessed, providing richer concentrations of minerals, proteins and vitamins.
Fish–living near the Mediterranean allows neighboring countries convenient access to waters abundant with a diverse variety of fish, crabs, octopus, lobster and squid. Traditional fish stew contains healthy ingredients like potatoes, olive oil, onions, garlic, tomatoes, wine and fish such as swordfish, sea bass or bluefin tuna.
Wine--the phytochemicals and antioxidants contained in grapes used to make wine contribute to the healthiness of the Mediterranean diet. In addition, recent research has demonstrated that drinking several glasses of wine each week may protect you against potential development of cognitive issues related to aging such as Alzheimer's disease.

When integrated with a moderate level of regular physical activity, the Mediterranean Diet has proved repeatedly in research studies to enhance heart health, lower cholesterol, reduce the risk of developing diabetes and contribute to overall physical well-being in those consuming this diet.
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