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Wellness – Mediterranean Diet

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One style of eating that is popular in the southern Mediterranean area such as Greece, Portugal, southern Italy, southern France and Spain, is appropriately named the ‘Mediterranean Diet’.

Studies suggest that those who follow this diet receive the following health benefits:

Decreased risk for cardiovascular disease
Lower risk for Alzheimer’s disease
Higher life expectancy rate
Decreased risk for certain types of cancer

Even though as much as 40% of the daily caloric intake of this diet comes from eating fats, the type of fat that is consumed reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease. The reason is olive oil. Olive oil is a major source of antioxidants and a monosaturated fat that does not raise cholesterol levels.

The diet relies on daily consumption of fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, cheese & yogurt.

The diet relies on daily consumption of fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, cheese & yogurt.

This diet is considered healthier than northern European and Australian diets because it relies heavily on the daily consumption of fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, cheese and yogurt. Fish, a major source of omega-3 fatty acids, is consumed several times a week and red meat is limited to once or twice a month.

Fish is consumed several times a week while red meat is limited to once or twice a month.

Fish is consumed several times a week while red meat is limited to once or twice a month.

Another factor is thought to be that those who reside in the Mediterranean region as well as other parts of Europe do not rely on cars as their basic means to travel. Thus they are more apt to walk and get sufficient exercise.

Appointments – Anthony Papaleo at East Bentleigh Health Group
884 Centre Road, East Bentleigh | (03) 9579 3999 | info@ebhg.com.au