Studies have shown that people who follow a Mediterranean-style diet are, on average, less affected by degenerative illness and disease. This is attributed mainly to the focus on fresh fruit and vegetables, fish, pasture-rasied meats and a generous amount of good heart-healthy fats coming from nuts and olives.
Consequently, traditional Mediterranean diets are low in what I call ‘the terrible three’ – saturated fats, trans fats, and refined sugar – that are so typical of the Western-style diet followed in countries such as Australia and the United States. Instead, Mediterranean diets are rich in good heart-healthy unsaturated fat and fibre, nutrients and phyto-chemicals that support good health and wellbeing.
The dietary pattern is also accompanied by lots of physical activity and incidental exercise such as walking to work instead of catching the bus, or taking the stairs instead of the elevator. The Mediterranean lifestyle also tends not to include and inter-meal snacking, and there’s an emphasis on reduced portion sizes and not over-eating at mealtimes.
Theresa Cutter – ‘The Healthy Chef’