A Mediterranean Diet May Lead to a Healthier Life
For decades, doctors and nutritional experts have observed and confirmed that Mediterranean countries have much lower occurrences of hypertension, cardiovascular disease, obesity, cancer, and diabetes in their citizens than northern European countries and the U.S. The New England Journal of Medicine recently released a study showing the cardiovascular benefits of a Mediterranean diet and an abstract published in the Journal of the American Medical Association claimed that adherence to a Mediterranean diet and healthful lifestyle is associated with a more than 50 percent lower rate of all-causes and cause-specific mortality among individuals aged 70 to 90 years.
In Mediterranean Diet Cookbook For Dummies (Wiley, 978-1-118-06778-9, Nov. 2011), Wendy Jo Peterson, MS, RD and Meri Raffetto, RD explain how to transition to this healthful lifestyle by providing meal planning tips, exercise regimens, and more than 150 recipes inspired by the cuisines of Italy, Greece, southern France, and Spain. The Mediterranean Diet is unique and appealing because instead of focusing on restricting certain foods and ingredients, it embraces a variety of food choices that promote freshness, whole grains, healthy fats, more vegetables and less meat. It also promotes understanding proper portion control, and using items like wine and olive oil to create rich flavors.
In the book, the authors explain:
- The health benefits of a Mediterranean diet based on recent studies
- The economic benefits of the Mediterranean diet
- Eating mindfully to enjoy taste and texture of foods and increase health
- How food affects performance – not only sports, but in life.
- How shifting gears from the low-fat craze to higher fat diets is better for us