Most Americans Can Improve Their Diets!

The Mediterranean diet has many similarities to the anti-inflammatory diet and the vegetarian diet. They all promote a healthier diet than most Americans presently possess.

These diets promote what every mother has told her children: "Eat your vegetables." They also recommend all of the other good things we already know about. Eat lots of fruits and whole grains. Limit the intake of refined carbohydrates, saturated and trans fats, and red meat.

Chronic Inflammation May Be Related to Diet!

Combine the Mediterranean diet with regular exercise and you may avoid the chronic inflammation that is believed to be linked to many diseases. For example, people living in the countries located near the Mediterranean Sea (Greece, Italy, and Spain) have less heart disease and cancers.

Can chronic inflammation cause age-related diseases? Can it be linked to Alzheimer's disease or Parkinson's disease? Dr. Andrew Weil, a pioneer in the field of integrative medicine, believes that certain foods can lead to heart disease and the development of many chronic illnesses.

Could the reason that some people are less inclined to suffer from chronic degenerative diseases be, that they have an anti-inflammatory diet? Is it because they consume more fish, olive oil, fruits and vegetables? Is it their restricted use of dairy products and red meat? Could it be their consumption of red wine?

As the world took note of the Greeks', Italians', and Spaniards' reduced risk coronary heart disease, lower cholesterol, and reduced incidence of cancer, the Mediterranean diet became popular.

Let's Get Specific About the Mediterranean Diet!

Diet ingredients:

  • fruits and vegetables
  • Canola and olive oil (replaces butter)
  • Whole grains
  • Herbs and spices (replaces salt to flavor food)
  • Fish and poultry (about twice each week)
  • Nuts and legumes
  • Red meat (infrequently)
  • Bread (dipped in olive oil) (no butter)
  • Red wine (in moderation)

Note: Olive oil is a monounsaturated fat that can reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol. It is an antioxidant. It must be "extra virgin".

Note: Red wine may reduce the risk of heart disease. The researchers continue to debate this topic.

Will I Lose Weight on the Mediterranean Diet?

Probably. While weight loss is not the primary objective, reducing caloric intake by eating more fruits and vegetables and exercising more is likely to gradually cause one to lose weight.

More than weight loss, however, is the fact that the research continues to prove that a diet of healthy fats and fruits and vegetables is good for our overall health. And, it is a delicious and healthy way to eat and live.

I encourage you to find more information about the Mediterranean diet and the anti-inflammatory diet.

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