The Mediterranean diet as the key for living longer

According to CNN, eating a Mediterranean diet can influence people’s lives both in quality but also in length.

A new study from Harvard Medical School shows that this type of diet can help manage weight and lower the risk of chronic diseases like cardiovascular disease when followed for long periods of time.

The Mediterranean diet is based on eating vegetables, fruits, nuts, beans and peas, unrefined grains, olive oil and fish. Dairy, meat and saturated fats are kept to a minimum. It is possible to replicate a Mediterranean diet outside of the Mediterranean countries and create easy to make and tasty recipes. Ingredients like fruits, vegetables, olive oil and nuts have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.

UNESCO considers the Mediterranean diet World Heritage and this diet is the foundation of the Portuguese cuisine. Portuguese award-winning chefs and restaurants use the Mediterranean diet as the basis to create tasty and healthy dishes. Olive oil and fresh fish are essential ingredients in every Portuguese table. Read more about it here.

Mediterranean diet meal
Mediterranean diet meal in Portugal

CNN says the findings of the study support “the health benefits of greater adherence to the Mediterranean diet for reduction of overall mortality, increased longevity and reduced incidence of chronic diseases, especially major cardiovascular diseases.”

If being healthy is one of your goals for 2015, Medical Port has weight-loss and health check-up programs that include Mediterranean food meals. So you can start your journey to a healthier lifestyle and a longer life the best way possible.



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