5 Things the Mediterranean Diet Can Do For You
The Mediterranean diet may be one of the healthiest in the world. It’s based on the traditional way of eating in countries around the Mediterranean Sea. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and olive oil are emphasized, while fish is a staple protein source. If you’ve ever visited our registered dietician, Josephine Tutrani, chances are that you’ve heard of the diet or are even following it!! (to a certain extent)
Jo is a huge fan of the Mediterranean diet because it is easy to follow and doesn’t prevent you from eating delicious foods. The diet is suggested to many of our patients who want to achieve weight loss on Long Island.
The health benefits are measurable and the flavors are amazing. It’s a great example of a diet that is good for you and your taste buds! No wonder it’s been ranked the best diet by US News & World Report for several years straight.
Five Ways the Mediterranean Diet Can Help You
A study in the New England Journal of Medicine stated that “greater adherence to the traditional Mediterranean diet is associated with a significant reduction in total mortality.” Those on the diet were less likely to develop type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, have a heart attack, stroke, or other cardiovascular risk factors than those on a low-fat diet.
2. Improve Brain Function
Frontiers in Nutrition found that following the Mediterranean diet was associated with less cognitive decline, decreased risk of Alzheimer’s disease, and improved memory and executive function. The Neurology journal suggested the diet’s effects to reducing the brain’s age by five years.
3. Prevent Breast Cancer
In one study conducted in Spain, scientists analyzed the eating patterns of more than 4,200 women and found that those following a Mediterranean diet were 62% less likely to get breast cancer than women who followed a low-fat diet.
4. Reduce Heart Disease Risk
A recent European study observed 2,500 Greek adults over the course of a decade and found that those following a Mediterranean diet were an astounding 47% less likely to develop heart disease. There was also the PREDIMED study carried out from 2003 and 2011 to observe the effects of the Mediterranean diet on the primary prevention of cardiovascular diseases. This study observed a 39% reduction in heart attacks in individuals who added key Mediterranean components to their diets.
5. Maintain Healthy Weight and Promote Weight Loss on Long Island
The Mediterranean diet is high in antioxidants and provides rich, anti-inflammatory properties. It’s also packed with fiber, a nutrient known for keeping you full. In a study conducted on healthy females, those who closely followed a Mediterranean diet had a lower body mass index (BMI) and smaller waist and thighs than females who loosely followed the diet.
Do you need help with your dietary choices? Frustrated with being unable to lose weight? Not feeling well overall? Josephine is open to the public and she can help you. She’s a key asset in our weight loss program on Long Island, and has helped numerous patients achieve their health and wellness goals. Schedule yours today! Call 516-627-4433.
Have You Seen You A Dietician This Year? There’s No Better Time Than The Present!
Beyond monitoring heart health, a comprehensive, preventive, team approach to optimal health is the cornerstone of HealthBridge Platinum.