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The Mediterranean diet is one of the recommended healthy diets worldwide since it has the basic tenets of healthy balanced eating plans. This is a diet plan that is most favoured by the countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea.
A healthy balanced diet is important in maintaining an optimum body weight, reducing the risk and preventing obesity and overweight and also reducing weight over time.
A healthy diet includes fruits, vegetables, fish and whole grains, and reduces the amounts of saturated fats and other unhealthy fats.
The main ingredients in the Mediterranean diet include:-
The most studied benefit that is observed with the use of the Mediterranean diet is the reduction of the risk of heart disease.
A study in 2007 in the United States found that both men and women who consumed a Mediterranean diet lowered their risk of death from both heart disease and cancer.
Mediterranean diet helps in lowering the level of oxidized low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol or the bad cholesterol which are responsible for atherosclerosis.