Mediterranean Food Pyramid

The Mediterranean food pyramid is known to be one of the healthiest eating models. In an age where most people eat junk and fast food, the need for a healthier life style has never been more urgent. Unhealthy eating habits can cause obesity and with it a wide arrange of chronic diseases.

Conditions like diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, cancer have become very common and are reducing the life expectancy of many people.

Medications are able to control some of the conditions but ultimately eating in a healthy way is proving to be the best starting point.

The Mediterranean food pyramid is the eating model that Mediterranean countries use. The high life expectancy combined with a low rate of chronic diseases has called the attention of many countries around the world. People whose diet can be quite far from the ones used in the Mediterranean area are the ones most interested in the amazing health benefits.

There are several differences between the traditional American model for eating and the Mediterranean one.

The first key aspect is the amount of exercise and physical activity involved. Many generally live a sedentary life style devoid of good exercise. Countries in southern Europe near the Mediterranean Sea give an extreme importance to vigorous physical activities every day.
● Doing approximately 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise like walking or swimming every day can provide several benefits like an improved metabolism which allows a faster rate of burning fat. The abundant amount of daily exercise is the base for the Mediterranean food pyramid.

● Eating potatoes, grains, pastas are the next most important part.

Potatoes can be especially helpful as they are a good source of complex carbohydrates.

They are one of the healthiest sources of energy that can be found. Other essential nutrients found in this group are vitamin B complex, magnesium, vitamin E, fiber and iron. Reduced blood pressure and cholesterol are just some of the advantages that you will receive from eating this type of food.

You can use potato pasta and gluten free grains (found at health food stores).

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● Next you will find fruits, vegetables and nuts. They are also quite important as they are amazing sources of antioxidants, vitamins and fiber.

Apples, oranges, grapes, lettuce, carrots and broccoli are just some examples of the healthy foods that you can find in this group.

● Olive oil is one of main components of every Mediterranean meal. This oil contains monounsaturated fats which are essential fats for the human body. The extra virgin olive oil can protect from heart diseases by decreasing the bad cholesterol and increasing the good one but that’s not all, it can also help in the prevention of stomach ulcers and colon cancer.

● Cheese and yogurt can be eaten but with moderation. Chicken or fish should be your animal food. The eggs, sweets and red meats should be considerably reduced, eaten only a couple of times a week at most.

Talk to your doctor if you have any concern about the right nutrition for you.


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