While it is popular to eat Mediterranean cuisine for dine-in or takeout, some Americans make it the basis for their entire diet. The burning question is: does it really work? According to one study documented in the British Medical Journal, the answer is yes! After surveying the diets of 23,000 adults in Greece, it was proven that nutritional habits, which centered vegetables, fruits, nuts, and legumes, can help you live a better life as you age.
A related study also found that the Mediterranean diet reduced one’s risk of developing dementia or having the condition worsen. In this study, it was found that those who ate a diet most similar to the Mediterranean diet had a 28 percent lower risk of developing cognitive impairment. Among those who already were exhibiting signs of dementia, those following this diet had a 48 percent lower risk of getting advanced Alzheimer's disease.
It’s no secret that the Mediterranean diet could be the key to increased health and longevity. But, how does an American adopt the diet in a world full of fast, fried food? First, you’ll need to learn to say no to certain foods, like dairy, eggs, poultry, and red meat.
Next comes the fun part: filling your fridge with the main pillars of the Mediterranean diet! That includes a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, nuts, whole grains, and seafood. Don’t forget the olive oil and spices, either!
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