Archive for July, 2011
Mediterranean diet menus are proven to be better for a person’s health by the fact that heart disease incidence in Mediterranean countries is proven to be considerably lower compared to United States figures.
Statistically, according to 1995-1998 heart disease death statistics there were almost 103 deaths per 100,000 population caused by heart disease. In the United States that figure was 106 per 100,000, The United Kingdom had 122 deaths per 100,000 and Australia had 110 deaths per 100,000. Interestingly, four out of the six LOWEST heart disease death rates belonged to Mediterranean countries;
France: 39.8 deaths per 100,000
Spain: 53.8 deaths per 100,000
Italy: 65.2 deaths per 100,000
Greece: 68.8 deaths per 100,000
So what is the secret of Mediterranean diet menus?
Well, the focus of the diet is lots of fresh fruit, vegetables, legumes, nuts, whole grains, seafood and olive oil combined with minimal processed grain, red meat, saturated fat and salt. If you drink alcohol then a glass of red wine with dinner also increases your antioxidant consumption. Because of these factors, the diet is high in omega 3 and antioxidants which improves heart health and fights free radicals which may lead to diseases like cancer. The findings associated with the Mediterranean diet are consistent with findings elsewhere around the globe. A diet low in saturated fats with plenty of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats produces better health outcomes, especially when it comes to heart health.