My doctor was talking to someone in the office about the Mediterranean diet. It looks interesting. I can get with that. I use only olive oil and I do like red wine.
A dieter’s dream and the antithesis of most diets; the Mediterranean diet is easy to follow, requires a high consumption of (monounsaturated) fat and red wine! The Mediterranean Diet is a nutritional concept which states that consuming olive oil and wine will lower the risk of heart disease and will combat obesity. The Mediterranean diet derives its name from the countries which border the Mediterranean Sea. There are many variations of Mediterranean diet due to social, political and economically differences between Mediterranean countries.
However, the Mediterranean diet does share one common characteristic - the large consumption of olive oil, which dominates all Mediterranean meals. The Mediterranean Diet seems a contradiction in itself; it encourages individuals to eat more mono-saturated fats to become healthier. Does this concept have any merit to it? The Mediterranean diet works on the notion that most of their meals consist of monounsaturated fats (ie. olive oil) which counteracts the animal fats. Unlike animal fats, monounsaturated fats do not raise blood cholesterol levels. Monounsaturated fats are the ‘good’ fats which are required for the body in order to function properly.
Advocates of the Mediterranean diet also contend that red wine, which is consumed frequently in Mediterranean diets, is also a significant factor in reducing heart disease. Although this has not been proven yet, red wine is renowned for their antioxidant qualities and contains bioflavonoid, which helps to eliminate bad toxins in the body.