How many diets can boast to have advantages supported by science? The Mediterranean diet can! Let us look at some of them…
Studies show that when people follow a Mediterranean diet, they are less likely to die of cancer. In addition to that, the diet also protects you from developing cancer in the first place!
People who follow the Mediterranean diet have a lesser chance of being at risk for heart disease. Cardiovascular diseases remain one of the major causes of deaths around the globe. You can protect yourself and your loved ones from strokes, coronary heart disease, and heart attack by adopting the Mediterranean diet.
Look at the results of this well-known study. The researchers included more than 7,000 adults who were at increased risk for heart disease in it. The results were published in The New England Journal of Medicine.
The participants were studied for half a decade and included adults who had adopted the Mediterranean diet. The risk of dying from heart disease or experiencing a heart attack or a stroke had gone down by 70 percent in that group. The numbers were even better for a group who were on a low-fat diet! The less-at-risk group consumed a diet that included either mixed nuts as a fat source or extra-virgin olive oil.
Memory and Cognitive Decline
One inevitable reality of aging that we must all face is the memory and cognitive decline that comes with it. Many of us develop conditions, such as Parkinson’s, amnesia, and dementia. The good news is that by following the Mediterranean diet, we can give our aging brains a fighting chance. The diet is packed with healthy fats, which are essentially brain food. The foods included in the diet can boost brain power and even delay dementia and cognitive decline!
Another side effect of aging, especially in women, is weakening bones. A study suggests that through regular use of olive oil, we might counter that effect! Some compounds present in the oil can increase the rate of bone cell proliferation and maturation. The result is preservation of bone density and lesser chances of development of osteoporosis.
A review comparing the Mediterranean diet to others showed that the former resulted in weight loss equivalent to that caused by other weight-loss diets. In fact, the Mediterranean diet is as effective at inducing weight loss as the American Diabetes Association diet, as well as low-carb and low-fat diets.
People who follow the Mediterranean diet may be protected against depression, too. A 2013 study found that people who followed a Mediterranean diet closely had a 98.6 percent lower risk of developing depression than people who followed it the least closely.
The Mediterranean diet is more than just a way to weight loss. It keeps you healthier and protects your body in many different ways, including heart disease and cancer! Moreover, the recipes based on Chef Ayhan’s special menu will always leave you wanting more. Buy the book on Amazon!