Every year, the World Health Organization puts the world’s cuisines in a health ranking. Japan, which insists on drinking ice water, eating raw fish, and consuming natto and enzymes for years, came in fifth.
The third place in Greece, and the second place in Italy. The reason for this list is simple: these two countries, located in the Mediterranean region, adhere to the Mediterranean diet route, they consume a lot of fresh vegetables, no processed foods, and no alcohol and caffeine.
The first place in Iceland, because of geography and climate, they consume a lot of deep-sea fish, and the degree of processing is extremely, egg and dairy products are also self-produced, monotonous diet structure, want not healthy is difficult!
As early as the 1960s, people began to notice that the incidence of cardiovascular disease in the inhabitants of the Mediterranean region (Greece, Spain, Italy, and France) was significantly lower than in the United States and the Nordic countries.
In 1990, the World Health Organization began calling for the world to adopt a Mediterranean diet.
In 2010, UNESCO even listed it as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity.
Last month, U.S. News & World Report released its annual “Best Diets” list. The Mediterranean diet is still at the top of the list, and this is the fifth consecutive year that the Mediterranean diet has topped the list of the best diets in the world.
So how healthy is the Mediterranean diet?
In the village of Campo de Melle, Italy, where the Mediterranean diet has been practiced for a long time, the average life expectancy of local residents is 95 years, while the average life expectancy of Americans is 77.8 years.
What does the Mediterranean diet eat?
There is a saying in weight loss circles that seven percent depends on food and three percent on practice. The secret of the Mediterranean diet is their active lifestyle, weight control, and diet management.
The “Mediterranean diet” is actually a general reference to the diet of Greece, Spain, France, southern Italy, and other countries and regions located along the Mediterranean Sea.
People in the Mediterranean region eat a special style of cooking based on pure and natural nutrients, mainly vegetables and fruits, fish, grains and cereals, legumes, and olive oil, supplemented by unique seasonings.
A simple summary is less oil, less salt, less processing, low sugar, low fat, and low calories.
How do I order food at a Mediterranean restaurant?
If you want to start practicing this world’s healthiest way of eating, why not search [Mediterranean] in yelp and go to eat a meal to see if it suits you!
Mediterranean marinated olives are a must for a starter. The taste of the olives is very creamy, sweet, sour, and spicy.
For the main course, choose a pita, a soft and fluffy pita made from coarse grains, which is great for dipping, rolling up meat, or sandwiching olives.
Mediterranean-style salads are usually made with virgin olive oil, fresh minced garlic, chopped tomatoes, and a variety of vegetables.
Whole red snapper is cooked over charcoal with Mediterranean spices, layered with roe, olives, tomatoes, and fennel. You can say it is very original!
But whether it’s red snapper or grouper, ordering grilled fish at a Mediterranean restaurant is the right thing to do.
Mousaka is a traditional Greek dish made of ground lamb, eggplant, tomatoes, and potatoes, baked with cheese… It is similar to lasagna. It’s usually cooked with feta cheese and has a savory flavor!
If you’re a carnivore, you’ll want to order the Kababs, the big meat skewers! The original charcoal grill, without too much spice, is very tender and juicy.
How to eat the Mediterranean diet at home?
Daily intake: virgin olive oil, fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, legumes.
Weekly high intake: fish and seafood.
Moderate weekly intake: poultry, eggs, dairy products.
Simplify the cooking process as much as possible, the simplest is the most original.
Strictly controlled intake: red meat, desserts.
A glass of red wine a day is the icing on the cake, red wine can be anti-aging, antioxidant, a digestive aid to speed up endocrine, and most importantly, inhibit fat absorption!
What benefits does the Mediterranean diet bring?
1. can prevent cardiovascular disease
2. delay Alzheimer’s disease
3. extend life expectancy
4. weight control