If only the secret ingredient to the Mediterranean diet were simply the warm, feel-good rays of the Mediterranean sun. Alas, it is not so. However, study after study has lauded the numerous health benefits of the Mediterranean diet. But what exactly is it and what does it include?
There are many variations of ingredients and dishes enjoyed across the region that vary based on country, culture and ethnicity. However, you will find that there are groups of ingredients and some simple guiding principles, which when followed as part of the diet have proven to achieve positive outcomes for its consumers. From reducing the risks of heart disease, diabetes and obesity, the diet has also shown to increase life expectancy, amongst many other health benefits.
The Mediterranean diet is:
- High in fruits and vegetables
- Rich in nuts, peas, beans and pulses
- Features cereals and grains
- Includes fish, but is very low in meat (especially red meat) and dairy products
- Features unsaturated fats such as olive oil
The Mediterranean diet is one which promotes a balanced diet for the long term. That’s why we have always made championing good quality ingredients and delicious balanced recipes from across the region, a core part of the Bevelini ethos.