Mediterranean food is not only delicious, but it is also extremely healthy and can lead to a much longer and happier life. During the month of May, we celebrate International Mediterranean Diet Month to encourage people to eat healthier and adopt the Mediterranean way of living, which includes eating primarily plant-based foods, such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, herbs, and spices.
The Mediterranean diet has been studied a lot more than other diets and studies show that it can lower your risk of various diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, depression, and many others.
What’s In A Mediterranean Diet?
Fruits and Vegetables
One of the best things about eating the Mediterranean diet is that you have an abundance of fruits and vegetables to pick from, so you are not limited to eating the same thing day after day. Eating fruits and vegetables provide nutrients, antioxidants, and vitamins, which are also low in calories and help protect you against various diseases.
These include wheat, oats, quinoa, barley, and rye. They contain the minimal amount of saturated or trans fats but contain a vast amount of phytochemicals (disease preventive properties), antioxidants, fiber, iron, magnesium, and vitamins B and E. Studies have shown that people who eat three servings of whole grains, greatly reduce the risk of heart disease.