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The Mediterranean Diet

  1. Not only olive oil, but also legumes, fish and red wine make the Mediterranean diet so healthy. Following these dietary guidelines should reduce the risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

What is it? Â

  1. The Mediterranean diet is based on the diet of residents around the Mediterranean in the early 1960s. Various studies showed that these population groups were less likely to develop various diseases at the time. Nowadays, however, they don't eat the Mediterranean as healthy anymore. Nowadays they too eat too much fast food and not enough fiber and fruit.

How does it work?

  1. By adjusting your diet to this Mediterranean model, you will get less saturated fat, more healthy fiber, carbohydrates and an abundance of antioxidants.

What should you do?

  1. To follow this diet you have to balance your nutrition. For this you determine the glycemic index value of foodstuffs. The book 'The Mediterranean Diet' can help you with this.

For whom?

  1. The Mediterranean diet is suitable for everyone.

What do experts think?

  1. Food scientists agree that a Mediterranean diet can indeed have a positive effect on health.

Advantages

  1. It is a complete diet that you can maintain for a long time.

Disadvantages

  1. That the inhabitants of the Mediterranean region were so healthy is probably not only due to nutrition. But their lifestyle probably also plays a role. They are more relaxed, take more time to eat, grow their own vegetables and herbs, and exercise more regularly. It takes considerable effort to determine what you can and cannot eat.

More info

  1. The book 'The Mediterranean Diet' by the Greek doctor Fedon A. Lindberg helps you compose menus, choose products and thus improve your health. The effectiveness of a diet depends on many factors. Losing a lot of weight quickly is never wise, so avoid the so-called crash diets. If you revert to his or her old diet, you will quickly regain the lost kilos. People who are seriously overweight (BMI> 30) are better off consulting a dietitian for a tailor-made diet than following a diet independently.



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