The Mediterranean Diet’s Great for Health, But Is That All?
Mediterranean diet has been gaining currency in the recent times with studies hinting at its various physical and mental health benefits. It is being increasingly touted as the heart-friendly diet plan with research claiming that the traditional Mediterranean diet can reduce the risk of heart disease.
The Mediterranean diet has been declared as one of the healthiest diets in a recent study by the Department of Epidemiology and Prevention of the I.R.C.C.S. Neuromed, in Molise, Italy. The study concludes that the diet reduces the mortality risk of elder people (over 65 years of age) by 25 per cent.
A lot has been said about the numerous health benefits of the mediterranean diet, whetting our appetite all the more.
What Is The Mediterranean Diet?
Mediterranean diet calls for a greater emphasis on consumption of fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes, cereals, nuts, whole grains, fish and poultry while turning a blind eye to refined carbohydrates and processed sugar. High on unsaturated fats, the Mediterranean diet discourages intake of refined grains found in sweets and dissuades people from consuming red meat and white rice.
But this doesn’t mean that the Mediterranean diet eliminates proteins and carbs. On the contrary, it encourages a healthy blend of carbs, proteins, fiber and omega 3 fatty acids.
The presence of olive oil in the Mediterranean diet is partly responsible for its healthy attributes, according to a study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
What Are the Health Benefits?
A study published in the The New England Journal of Medicine in 2013 claims,
A study published in the Diabetes Journal in 2011 says,
According to a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine in 2008,
We got in touch with Dr Pooja Sharma of www.drpoojasharma.com, a nutritionist and lifestyle expert from Powai, Mumbai to shed some light on the Mediterranean diet. According to her,
Experts and research are on the same page as far as the health benefits of mediterranean diet are concerned. But is that all there is to it? Apparently, not.
What’s the Catch?
Though the Mediterranean diet is usually lauded for its health properties, a recent study claims otherwise. According to the new research published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, health benefits of Mediterranean diet may be well restricted to the rich and well-educated.
Sounds bizarre, right?
Researchers attribute the result to the quality of food and method of cooking, both of which are influenced by one’s socio-economic status.
Dr Pooja Sharma agrees. She says, “the diet consists of lean meat, olive oil and fruits which inevitably makes it too expensive for all income groups”.
So what’s the verdict on the mediterranean diet? Though experts and research unequivocally stand by the health benefits of the diet, the fact that it is expensive cannot be overlooked.
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