The Mediterranean Diet Explained – Invite Health Podcast, Episode 89
Invite Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Jerry Hickey. Ph
On today’s episode we are going to get into some details on the Mediterranean Diet. I talk about this so often and I am always saying that they should be adhering to a Mediterranean Diet! But the question that usually gets asked back is, “How do I achieve that?” Let’s review what foods should be included in this diet and the science behind it.
What is the Mediterranean Diet?
This is a basically a generic name of the traditional dietary patterns that individuals living in the Mediterranean region follow. There is such an abundance of these really diverse non-starchy vegetables and minimally processed foods. The typical American diet, as we all know, is the complete opposite.
Only 12% of Americans are technically metabolically healthy, says a study from the University of North Carolina.
In the Mediterranean region, there is a higher consumption of real foods, including:
- Fresh fruits and vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts)
- Seeds and nuts (walnuts, almonds, pine nuts)
- Healthy oils and fats
- Fish, including herring and sardines
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These foods contain powerful amounts of vitamins, minerals, healthy fiber and protein. This is why there is so much scientific research backing the support of following a Mediterranean Diet.
What this means for your health
Research has shown us time and time again that when individuals adhere to this diet, there is a different correlation with a reduction in different disease states. The risk of so many chronic diseases – diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease – all start to go down, even cancers.
There was a really large study (published in the journal Gerontology) involving over 22,000 men and women who had a higher adherence to a traditional Mediterranean diet. This was associated with a significant lower risk of cardiac and cancer mortality.
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