Mediterranean Diet

Monday, May 08, 2017

If youre looking for a heart-healthy eating plan, the Mediterranean diet might be right for you. Dr. Edward Hill discusses the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

The Mediterranean diet incorporates the basics of healthy eating among other components characterizing the traditional cooking style of countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea.

The Mediterranean diet is rich in vegetables, fruit, peas, beans and grains. It also contains moderate amounts of chicken and fish. There is little red meat and most fat is unsaturated and comes from olive oil and nuts.

The typical Western diet is high in animal fats, sugar and preservatives but low in fruit and vegetables. Scientific research has shown that this food combination is partially responsible for triggering many chronic diseases and cancers.

Research has also shown that following a Mediterranean diet can reduce the chance of developing conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, some cancers, Parkinsons disease and Alzheimers disease.

It can also be useful for people wishing to lose weight as it is rich in fruit and vegetables and lower in sugars and saturated fats than a typical Western diet.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.