Still need a few more reasons to actually become a part of the Mediterranean lifestyle? Don’t give up flavor, only bad fats. Stay healthy and give it a chance to look younger and live longer. Spend quality time with family and friends. Here’s another 4 important things for you to check out.
- The Mediterranean Diet is essentially the diet followed by those living around the Mediterranean. It consists of mostly plant-based foods such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes and nuts, extra virgin olive oils and a small amount of fish and poultry.
- Unlike other fad diets that focus on calorie counting (who does this anymore?), starving and cheat days, the Mediterranean Diet is simply about health. And according to the experts, it’s really the one that works.
- Doing research, it’s hard to find a study that negates it. The Mediterranean Diet has been proven to lower bad cholesterol, reduce risk of heart disease (the world’s number one killer), reduce breast cancer, lower your biological age (hello!) and literally prolong your life.
- We’ve written before about the world’s Blue Zones—the populations in the world with a life expectancy of over 100—and one of the major things they have in common is that they all follow the Mediterranean Diet. These areas not only have the world’s highest life expectancy but also (and consequently) the lowest rates of diseases including heart disease, diabetes and dementia.
It’s not a coincidence—they’re lining their insides with extra virgin olive oil.
A diet rich in fruit and vegetables doesn’t seem hard to follow coming into summer. So, pass us the bread and extra virgin olive oil, please, and here’s to a long life.