The Mediterranean Diet
The Mediterranean diet is one that is rich in vegetables, grains, fish, fruit and dried beans. Meat and dairy products are limited to very small amounts. The diet is typical of the middle-eastern Mediterranean countries and Greece. Olive oil rather than butter or cream is the primary source of fat. Keep in mind though, that the fats present in the Mediterranean diet are mostly the unsaturated type which are disposed by regular daily activities. The result is a diet with low saturated fat content which justifies the low incidence of heart disease, breast cancer, and colon cancer among the people of this part of the world. Also keep in mind that there are genetic factors to take into account. A healthy diet will not eliminate disease but will certainly help you reduce your risks of contracting one.
The Mediterranean diet is a wonderfully healthy diet and an extremely easy one to adapt to our stressful and fast paced lifestyles. As a matter of fact, the Mediterranean diet can be the very aspect of our life which can give balance, harmony, and a sense of soothing and control over our lives. The diet does not require any sacrifices. It only requires us to limit our consumption of meats to perhaps a few times per month. The other important factor is to make the consumption of fruits and vegetables a daily habit. The vitamins, minerals, photochemical and fiber provided by the diets large amounts of vegetables, fruits, grains and beans are believed to account for the inhabitants of the Mediterranean countries lower incidence of cancer otherwise commonly found in the United States.
Take great care of your health and start by trying the Mediterranean diet. Mediterranean Deli cuisine is a staple of the Mediterranean diet and we invite you to explore its flavors, benefits and diversity.
See this New York Times article on a recent study on the benefits of the Mediterranean diet: