Mediterranean diet is not only good to taste but also healthy. Comprising of fruits, vegetables, olive oil, legumes, nuts and whole grains the menu of Lebanese and Mediterranean food served at Evelyn’s New Brunswick restaurant is simply splendid. Mediterranean diet is steeped in history and influenced by the social patterns and eating habits of the regions of Greece, southern Italy, Spain, and Turkey. The tasty food accompanied by drinks is always a treat to remember and comes with several health benefits as a bonus. Those who want to maintain a healthy weight and fight inflammation would find Mediterranean food helpful because it helps to lose weight. Better memory and reduced blood sugar are also the other health benefits in addition to the prevention of heart disease, cognitive decline as well as depression and cancer.
Reduce the risk of heart disease
Regular Mediterranean diet has the power of reducing the risks associated with a cardiovascular disease like heart disease. The food has a positive effect on the risk factors that lead to stroke, heart attack (myocardial infarction) and coronary heart disease. Reduction in the level of triglycerides, cholesterol, and high blood pressure becomes evident when following the diet for a prolonged time.
Olive oil used for cooking Mediterranean food has strong health improving properties. Some compounds present in olive oil enhance the proliferation and maturing of bone cells that help to preserve bone density that gives stronger bones. Another study has shown that the olive oil rich diet helps to fight osteoporosis.
Stall cognitive decline and preserve the memory
Abundant quantities of healthy fat for brains present in Mediterranean food helps to boost the powers of the brain that prevents cognitive decline and dementia. The food, when taken regularly, can help fight cognitive impairment as revealed in a study that showed almost 40% reduction in risk related to cognitive impairment.
Following a diet plan based on Mediterranean food helps people to create a positive effect on the brain to drive away depression as shown in several studies. The chances of developing depression reduce by 98.6% as found in one study carried out in 2013 on people who consume Mediterranean food as part of their daily diet.
Several studies point to the powers of the Mediterranean diet to keep diabetes and blood sugar under check. Researchers are confident that the food can help in blood sugar control and reduce the cardiovascular risk for people who already have the disease. It might even help to prevent type 2 diabetes. As compared to a low-fat diet, the Mediterranean diet has a positive effect on people who have type 2 diabetes.
Mediterranean diet might help to fight cancer in people who adhere to it for a long time. It prolongs the life of cancer patients as shown in a study that recorded 13% lower mortality rate. The food is effective in fighting breast cancer, prostate cancer, colorectal cancer, head and neck cancer, liver cancer and gastric cancer.
Choose any Mediterranean recipe of your choice and enjoy its splendid taste along with its accompanying health benefits.