The Cretan How-To of the Mediterranean Diet



The popularity of the Mediterranean diet grows year by year more with doctors, nutritionists and research projects from around the world praising the health benefits of this food pattern followed mainly by the people of Greece, Spain, southern Italy, southern France, Portugal and some countries of the Middle East. However, the best advocate of the heart-friendly dietary recommendations originates from the island of Crete, where people have been recorded to live longer and suffer less by cancer and cardiovascular diseases.

Healthy, tasty and nutritious, the Mediterranean diet has lots of different tastes to offer: high olive oil consumption, high consumption of legumes, high consumption of unrefined cereals, high consumption of fruits, high consumption of vegetables, moderate consumption of dairy products (mostly as cheese and yogurt), moderate to high consumption of fish, low consumption of meat and meat products, and moderate wine consumption (one to two glasses of wine daily).

The Mediterranean diet discourages the consumption of saturated fats and hydrogenated oils (trans fats), both of which contribute to heart disease, while spices and olive oil turn simple dishes into culinary delights.

To get a better look into the benefits of the Mediterranean diet and find out about the daily eating patterns, you can visit Mediterraneanbook.com., a free guide giving advice on how to start following the Mediterranean diet and modify your current diet to prevent heart disease, Diabetes type 2 or lower high Cholesterol according to the Mediterranean diet principles.

Created by certified nutrition and wellness consultant Enrico Forte and his wife Valerie, the website aims to promote this particular type of diet within a healthier way of life that will not hold back in flavors and nutritional value. The website even offers a column with recipes from all countries using the Mediterranean diet pattern as well as a free diet menu for anyone interested.