Mediterranean diet


It is known as a type of diet that is created from healthy habits that combines the practice of physical exercises with an eating pattern that has multiple health benefits. This diet was created based on the consumption habits of the populations of the Mediterranean Sea, hence its name. It is characterized by being one of the healthiest and most balanced diets since it includes a wide variety of foods that offer different fresh products in specific seasons.

More than being a diet, they are habits that can be maintained over time, thus maintaining it as a lifestyle. One of the great benefits offered by this diet is its ability to reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks and strokes. In addition to helping to lose weight, it also lowers blood pressure, lowers blood glucose levels and prevents alterations that influence risk factors for the heart. In addition to this, its great contribution to better gastrointestinal function also includes the large amount of vitamins and antioxidants from its food that help prevent diseases and viruses, slowing down the aging process.

Foods allowed on this diet include vegetables, dried and fresh fruits, fish, poultry, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, yogurt, and olive oil. Both eggs and red meat are recommended from time to time. Fresh or raw foods are the main course of this diet, the main methods being grilling and oven cooking. Salads are also common dishes and desserts should be based on mixed fruits. Natural dressings are also important in this type of eating habits, since garlic and onions are key to giving flavor naturally, as well as fresh herbs such as parsley, oregano and basil.

As for liquids, water and wines are the most ingested, however coffee and tea can be consumed in very small quantities. The foods that should be avoided when practicing this diet are excess red meat and processed foods, not frozen and canned foods that contain chemicals. Sweet breads, refined flour, sugary drinks and oils other than olive should also be avoided.