Significance of the popular Mediterranean diet
‘You are what you eat’ is a well-known proverb that aptly describes the importance of a proper diet in maintaining your normal health. An optimum and ideal diet plays a key role in acting as a protective shield to a wide array of disease conditions, providing you physical as well as mental strength and also in enhancing your beauty and appearance. The diet of a particular region is very different from the other region but, the essential nutrients and composition of the diet of any region remains the same.
A balanced and nutritious diet should include a proper quantity of carbohydrates (required for providing energy to various biochemical functions), proteins (for building as well as maintaining your muscles in addition to various metabolic roles), fats (though in excess they cause heart complications, but they are important constituent due to their significance in various metabolic activities), fiber and various vitamins and minerals. Hence, all these constituents when taken in appropriate quantities bestow you with health beneficial effects.
Connotation of the Mediterranean dietary intake
By now everyone might be aware that the main reason for its growing popularity is the fact that this diet is believed (in fact also proved) to ameliorate your mortality rates in addition to mitigating the chances of the occurrence of chronic health complications. It minimizes the intake of processed food or ready to eat foodstuffs and in turn enhances the consumption of natural and fresh veggies and fruits. Consumption of this diet has been found to lower the risk associated with some of the detrimental health conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, obesity, heart ailments and cancer to name a few.
The basic components of the Mediterranean diet are fresh vegetables, delicious and juicy fruits, whole grain cereals and pulses, nuts and small amounts of dairy products. Intake of fish is also a mandatory ingredient of this diet and acts as an efficient replacement for red meat. Olive oil is the major source of fatty acids in addition to animal proteins such as lean meat and eggs. Occasional consumption of small amounts of sugar rich foods such as cakes, cookies, pastries, etc and wine is allowed.
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