I was essentially raised on the Mediterranean Diet. My mom is Armenian and my Dad is Italian. During my childhood, my Armenian grandmother used to make many delicious, healthy, middle eastern dishes, and my Italian grandmother used to prepare these to-die-for, tasty Sicilian and Neapolitan meals.
Since May is National Mediterranean Diet Month, I wanted to talk a little about what this diet is, its benefits and how it works.
For thousands of years the Mediterranean diet has been been considered the healthiest diet to maintain our wellbeing and prevent many chronic and life threatening disease. Research validates that eating a diet rich in plant foods and healthy fats is beneficial. Many studies have also proven that religiously adhering to the Mediterranean diet protects us against obesity, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, development of heart disease, metabolic syndrome, some cancers, type 2 diabetes and also leads to longevity.
The health benefits are not due to this diet alone, but a way of life too. In addition to a wide variety of nutrient rich, low fat foods and casual dining, family involvement and physical activity make the Mediterranean diet even more effective according to many experts.