Even if you are a huge fan of Mediterranean takeout on the regular basis, you might not quite realize what it means to adhere to a regular Mediterranean diet. Take this study by the British Medical Journal, for instance. It found that a nutritional regimen rich in vegetables, fruits, nuts, and legumes majorly impacted the way people age.
A related study also found that the Mediterranean diet reduced one’s risk of developing dementia or having the condition worsen. In this study, it was found that those who ate a diet most similar to the Mediterranean diet had a 28 percent lower risk of developing cognitive impairment. Among those who already were exhibiting signs of dementia, those following this diet had a 48 percent lower risk of getting advanced Alzheimer's disease.
It’s no secret that the Mediterranean diet could be the key to increased health and longevity. But, how does an American adopt the diet in a world full of fast, fried food? First, you’ll need to learn to say no to certain foods, like dairy, eggs, poultry, and red meat.
Next comes the fun part: filling your fridge with the main pillars of the Mediterranean diet! That includes a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, nuts, whole grains, and seafood. Don’t forget the olive oil and spices, either!
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