Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Yet more bragging rights are in for the Mediterranean diet, long considered to be one of the healthiest in the world. Discovering that the Mediterranean diet could affect the microbiome in a positive way isn't really surprising; the diet already has a stuffed shelf of scientific trophies.
It's won gold medals in reducing the risk for diabetes, high cholesterol, dementia, memory loss, depression and breast cancer. Meals from the sunny Mediterranean region have also been linked to stronger bones, a healthier heart and longer life. Oh, and weight loss, too. The diet features simple, plant-based cooking, with the majority of each meal focused on fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans and seeds, with a few nuts and a heavy emphasis on extra virgin olive oil.
Say goodbye to refined sugar and flour except on rare occasions. Fats other than olive oil, such as butter, are consumed rarely, if at all.
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