We know that eating healthy foods can help our bodies stay strong through old age, but are we eating the right healthy foods? For several years, doctors have been touting the “Mediterranean Diet” to increase health and stave off heart problems. And now there is research that indicates it can also reduce the risk of dementia.
More studies need to be done before there is a definitive link between this diet and decreased dementia, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t start eating these healthy foods today. Here are some tips to eating a Mediterranean diet:
Know the pyramid. The Mediterranean diet pyramid is a bit different from the normal food pyramid. At the top, included in the foods that are not to be eaten often, are meats. It is suggested to reduce red meat consumption to only a few times a month.
Think plants. As a primarily plant-based diet, followers of this should be eating mostly fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and legumes. Nuts are also an important part, but make sure that they aren’t salted and that the portions are small.
Eat healthier fats. Instead of consuming animal products as a main fat source, the Mediterranean diet encourages eating more healthy fats. Olive oil should be a main ingredient in many dishes, as should fish, which contains healthy Omega-3 fatty acids.
So, do some research, check with your doctor, and try the delicious and healthy Mediterranean diet this month.
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