Mediterranean Diet

Benefits of a Mediterranean Diet

Healthy Chef Creations® offers spa-inspired cuisine that is based on a Mediterranean-style diet, combining portion control with the delicious, healthy foods eaten by people living in the coastal Mediterranean areas of Southern Europe. According to the American Heart Association, there is not one single "Mediterranean Diet." Rather a Mediterranean-style diet is a long-term dietary pattern and philosophy, which encourages eating lots of fresh, non-processed, nutrient-dense whole foods, including fish, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and olive oil. These foods provide micronutrients, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that can increase longevity and reduce the risks of developing heart disease, cancer, stroke, high blood pressure (hypertension), type 2 diabetes, Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease. A Mediterranean-style diet is high in fiber, which slows digestion, prevents significant swings in blood sugar and improves insulin sensitivity to reduce obesity.

A 2013 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers conducted a large-scale study on the health benefits of eating a Mediterranean-style diet. They found that 30 percent of heart attacks, strokes and deaths from heart disease can be prevented in people at high risk if they switch to a Mediterranean-diet rich in olive oil, nuts, beans, fish, fruits and vegetables. The diet helped those following it even though most of the participants were already taking statins, or blood pressure or diabetes drugs to lower their heart disease risk. Steven E. Nissen, chairman of the department of cardiovascular medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and not involved in the study, said, “Now along comes this group and does a gigantic study in Spain that says you can eat a nicely balanced diet with fruits and vegetables and olive oil and lower heart disease by 30 percent. And you can actually enjoy life.” He added, “What we can say to patients is this very palatable Mediterranean diet looks to be healthiest (diet).”

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