Joel spoke to the two Murray’s from 2GB about the Mediterranean Diet and why it deserves its gold medal in the Diet Olympics – listen here.
The Mediterranean Diet is a way of eating that has emerged from countries around the Mediterranean Sea – such as Greece, Italy and Spain. This diet focuses on the adoption of a healthy lifestyle, rather than just the foods that you eat. It emphasises fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, nuts and seeds, moderate amounts of seafood, small to moderate amount of poultry, eggs, dairy foods and red wine, small amounts of red meat (and treats), and extra virgin olive oil is a key source of fat in the diet.
Research shows that the Mediterranean Diet may help to reduce our risk of developing heart disease, lower blood cholesterol levels and blood pressure and improve blood sugar control for those with Type 2 Diabetes.
As the Mediterranean Diet encourages a lifestyle change (rather than just focusing on calorie intake), this helps to encourage a more sustainable way of eating, helping us to maintain better health in the long term.