Mediterranean Diet is a diet based on foods that people of the
area used to eat. It is more a marketing tool than a real diet
a stereotype than a fact.
be included on the group of fad diets.
Pros of the Mediterranean Diet are:
1-The Mediterranean diet emphasizes healthy fats, fruits and vegetables.
2-It has abundance of food from plant sources.
3-Emphasis on a variety of minimally processed and, wherever possible,
seasonally fresh and locally grown foods
4-Olive oil is the principal fat.
5-Bread is a major part of this diet.
6-Pasta and rice are an important part of the diet.
7-It is protective against diseases like asthma.
8-It may reduce your risk of Alzheimer's.
may decrease death from heart disease
10-It is inversely associated with body mass index and obesity.
11-It Lowers oxidized LDL.
12-Reduce the meat and meat products consumption.
13-It can help reduce cholesterol.
14-It has life-extending benefits.
15- Chronic diseases in people living in the area are less than average
in developed countries.
16-The most common meat of all is game in seasonbirds rabbit
17- Dinner or lunch takes a lot of time.
The Cons of the Mediterranean Diet are:
1-The consumption of wine and alcohol is big.
2-It reuses the oil to fry more than two or three times. Trans fats
are created in this process.
3- It increases the fish intake of sardines and anchovies, but there
is no mackerel, tuna and salmon (rich in omega 3 and 6 fatty acids).
4-There is not only one Mediterranean diet. At least 16 countries
border the Mediterranean Sea with its on specific diets.
5-Its health benefits can also be attributed to the lifestyle of people
living in the area (agricultural lifestyle and hedonist lifestyle)
6-It limits time and desire to physical exercise.
7-It doesn't help to lose weight.
8-It is 80% myth
9- Big cheese consumption
10-A good number of plates are loaded with butter or margarine and
11- Ice cream or pie is customary for dessert.
12-There is plenty of saturated fat from meat.
13-Pork is eaten frequently.
14-Thin smoked sausages are consumed usually as appetizers and garnishes.
15- Egg consumption is big.
16- It stimulates the desire to smoke tobacco and cigars.
17- It has developed a culture around the dinner table.