Trying to eat healthy these days often feels like wrestling a monster three times your size…with your arms tied back. All the time-saving conveniences that are a drive-thru or frozen meal aisle away make following a healthy meal plan next to impossible. The temptation is too great!
But it is so important for your health to eat fresh, unprocessed foods every day, which makes Mediterranean food an excellent choice for anyone craving tastiness that doesn’t compromise on healthiness.
Curious about what makes Mediterranean cooking so good for you? Here are five benefits.
It’s Good for Your Heart
One of the biggest benefits of eating the Mediterranean way is how good it is for your heart. According to a 2013 study that examined subjects who are at high risk for cardiovascular disease, men and women who eat meals that featured Mediterranean fare such as extra virgin olive oil and nuts were 30 percent less likely to experience heart health problems.
Your Brain Will Remember to Thank You
Not only will eating a Mediterranean diet help keep your ticker ticking—it will also keep your thinker thinking! In another study conducted in 2016, researchers studied the effects of Mediterranean food on cognition. They found evidence that trying to eat healthy Mediterranean meals could slow cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s.
Watch the Inches Melt Away
We all know that weight loss programs and diets can be a trap. You lose weight like crazy at first, but then you gain it all back, maybe more than you lost.
It turns out eating whole foods like those found in Mediterranean cuisine can help you lose and keep off the weight.
It’s Linked to Good Gut Health
Did you know that your digestive system contains good bacteria? Your gut’s microbiome, as it is known, actually helps your body process and absorb nutrients from the food you eat. Cooking and eating plant-based meals, like many of those found in Mediterranean cooking, can help increase the number of good bacteria in your gut.
Longevity from a Meal Plan?
What do all of these benefits add up to? Well, when you are trying to eat healthy every day, that can lead to fewer health risks. By putting goodness into your body, you can expect your body to live a longer, healthier life. Eating meals like those found in a Mediterranean diet can improve your heart health, brain health, and gut health, all of which adds up to better overall health.
Trying to Eat Healthy Has Never Been So Easy
All the benefits Mediterranean cooking, and eating healthy foods in general, can offer are too numerous to name in a single blog. However, it is plain to see that simple changes in eating habits can lead to lasting health effects.
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