There are an alarming number of diets out there. Diets can be very dangerous however, if they do not provide you with the essential nutrients you require. One of the best diets available to the general public is the Mediterranean Diet. This diet is especially beneficial to those who have a history of heart disease. The Mediterranean Diet is proven to reduce the risk of heart disease according to the Mayo Clinic. In addition, it is connected to the reduced risk of death from diseases such as heart disease and cancer. It can also reduce the incidence of Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. Another benefit of the diet is that it includes canola oil and nuts which contain omega-3 fatty acids, this means the diet has the ability to “lower triglycerides, decrease blood clotting, and are associated with decreased incidence of sudden heart attacks, improve the health of your blood vessels, and help moderate blood pressure.” So what does this diet entail?
According to the Mayo Clinic,
“The Mediterranean diet emphasizes:
Eating primarily plant-based foods, such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts
Replacing butter with healthy fats, such as olive oil
Using herbs and spices instead of salt to flavor foods
Limiting red meat to no more than a few times a month
Eating fish and poultry at least twice a week