Mediterranean Diet Good For Planet

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The long-term health benefits from adopting a Mediterranean diet are impressive. Research has shown that following the diet for a number of years reduces the risks of heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, and even Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. The diet also provides a healthy way to manage your weight and increase longevity. I’m all for reducing my longterm health risks, but it’s often difficult to keep such things in mind when making day-to-day, often last-minute decisions on what to eat. On the spur of the moment, the lure of a mouthwatering burger can trump any internal dialogue about lowering my future risk of high blood pressure. Here’s where the Mediterranean diet shines – it’s based on moderation, not abstinence. You don’t have to completely give up specific foods, but rather moderate your consumption of them. With red meat, for instance, the diet suggests cutting back on the amount you eat to about four servings per month (one serving is fairly small: about 60 grams of cooked meat). This is ideal for someone who likes a good cut of steak or a burger once in a while. And since it’s a special treat, you may just savour every bite a little bit more.

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