Year in, year out, the Mediterranean diet is voted the best diet for health and longevity.
The eating habit of people who live around the Mediterranean Sea and its environ has again become the top voted diet for longevity and overall good health in 2020. What does the meal contain, one might ask?
These experts look at thirty-five diets plans and come out with the top six diets: the Mediterranean, Flexitarian, Weight Watchers, Dash, Mind and the Mayo Clinic Diet. The Meditteranean came top. Read more about the 2020 best overall diet plans here.
Which Countries Are These?
These are countries living along with the Mediterranean Sea Region. Those fully covered by the sea are Malta, Greece and Cyprus. And those partially covered are France, Portugal, Italy and Spain.
However, there are twenty-two countries bound along the Mediterranean Sea in all, including some African countries like Libya and Egypt.
What Does The Mediterranean Meal Consist Of?
The average Mediterranean consists mainly of fresh vegetables (mainly salads), topped with extra virgin olive oil (virtually eaten daily), legumes, fish and other seafood, potatoes, whole grain bread, herbs, spices, fruits, nuts and vegetables.
A plate contains occasionally eggs and poultry, cheese and yoghurt, moderate table wine, but hardly any red meat.
It is true that there is no typical Meditteranean diet because the Greeks, Italians and Spaniards eat differently, but there’s a common trend that the average plate is low in saturated fat, red meat, and refined grains.
They avoid any refined oils (seed oil, sunflower, soybean, corn etc), refined grains (white bread, white pasta, and pastries made from any of these), soda drinks or any other added sugar drinks. Also, they avoid processed meat like sausages, deli meats, hot-dogs, bacon etc.
Benefits Of A Mediterranean Diet
Less cardiovascular diseases — this is because their diet is low in red meat, sugar and saturated fat.
Weight control — resulting in healthy heart, cancer, and diabetes prevention. This is because the plate is diverse with less calorie, so it stabilises weight across the board, including the waistline.
A way of life — The Mediterranean diet is a way of life to these people. It just, therefore, comes naturally to them. Such will work better, and easier to follow than a structured diet.
Does not require any rigorous exercise — other than simple daily active life like housework, gardening and walking.
A glass of wine is not a must — but allowed and certainly followed by most is a boost to health. Grape wine is full of resveratrol a compound that boosts longevity.