Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean diet is one of the recommended healthy diets worldwide since it has the basic tenets of healthy balanced eating plans. This is a diet plan that is most favoured by the countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea.

A healthy balanced diet is important in maintaining an optimum body weight, reducing the risk and preventing obesity and overweight and also reducing weight over time.

A healthy diet includes fruits, vegetables, fish and whole grains, and reduces the amounts of saturated fats and other unhealthy fats.

Mediterranean diet composition

The main ingredients in the Mediterranean diet include:-

Benefits of the Mediterranean diet

The most studied benefit that is observed with the use of the Mediterranean diet is the reduction of the risk of heart disease.

A study in 2007 in the United States found that both men and women who consumed a Mediterranean diet lowered their risk of death from both heart disease and cancer.

Mediterranean diet helps in lowering the level of oxidized low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol or the bad cholesterol which are responsible for atherosclerosis.

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Dr. Ananya Mandal

Dr. Ananya Mandal is a doctor by profession, lecturer by vocation and a medical writer by passion. She specialized in Clinical Pharmacology after her bachelor's (MBBS). For her, health communication is not just writing complicated reviews for professionals but making medical knowledge understandable and available to the general public as well.

Last updated Feb 24, 2023


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