Anti-Ageing Benefits of The Mediterranean Diet
Widely considered as one of the healthiest diets on the planet, the Mediterranean diet can do wonders for your general health and the health of your skin. A favourite of health professionals, its benefits are backed by a huge amount of scientific research. Studies show that following the Mediterranean way of eating lowers blood pressure and cholesterol, reduces the risk of various diseases, keeps bones strong, protects the brain and memory and even extends life-expectancy.
Based around plenty of plant foods, such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, pulses and wholegrains, other key components are fish, olive oil and small amounts of red wine. Limited amounts of unprocessed meat, eggs and dairy are included and the diet is naturally low in added sugar, refined grains and processed foods. One of the key features is the healthy sources of fats from foods like fish, nuts, seeds, avocados, olives and olive oil. At the same time, it is low in foods containing unhealthy fats such as refined vegetable oils, processed meat and other processed foods. Many of the foods included have anti-ageing properties, including nourishing and protecting your skin. Below is a summary of the foods included in the diet: –
Vegetables, fruit, pulses, nuts, seeds, wholegrains, potatoes, herbs, spices, fish, seafood and extra virgin olive oil.
Poultry, eggs, dairy, red meat and red wine
Limit or Avoid
Added sugar, sugary drinks, refined grains, processed meat, refined vegetable oils and processed foods
Greek yoghurt, figs, walnuts, honey
Wholegrain toast, ricotta, berries, flaked almonds
Breakfast frittata with spinach and feta
Greek salad: feta, tomatoes, cucumber, black olives, olive oil
Farro with prawns, olives and basil (LINK to Blog 26, Lunches)
Vegetable and bean soup
Baked white fish with olives, cherry tomatoes and basil, roasted potatoes with rosemary
Salmon fillet, wilted spinach, farro or barley
Spelt spaghetti with prawns, garlic and courgettes
Beauty and Go is the perfect compliment to a Mediterranean diet. Produced in Spain, it is made from all natural ingredients and is high in anti-ageing ingredients to supplement a balanced Mediterranean diet.
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