|Mediterranean Diet Linked to Higher Quality of Life|
|Written by Katia Ramadori, Four Green Steps|
|Wednesday, 20 June 2012 00:04|
Written by Katia Ramadori, Four Green Steps
The Mediterranean diet has been known to be beneficial in terms of lowering chances of illnesses and increasing well-being, but a new study links the diet to increased mental and physical health too. The study analyzed 11,000 university students over a four year period. Those who followed the Mediterranean diet scored higher on the quality of life questionnaire in terms of mental health and even more so on physical health.
The diet is comprised of a combination of fruits, vegetables, legumes (beans, peas, chickpeas, lentils, etc.), fish, olive oil, and nuts.
The food model of the Mediterranean diet is shaped as a period and combines food to be eaten daily, weekly, and occasionally. Food to be eaten daily includes cereals, fruit and vegetables, and dairy, coupled with 1.5-2 liters of water. Olive oil is the main source of fat and moderate consumption of wine and other fermented beverages is also recommended.
Fish, poultry, eggs are recommended on a weekly basis because they are high sources of quality animal protein. Fish and seafood are also good sources of healthy fats. A small amount of sweets can also be consumed on a weekly basis.
At the top of the pyramid are red meats, which should only be consumed occasionally.
Of course, another contributing factor to the well-being of those who follow the Mediterranean diet is that they are usually also physically active. Exercise coupled with a healthy diet is the key to a higher quality of life.
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