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Mediterranean Diet: Myth vs. Fact

Mediterranean Diet: Myth vs. Fact

 

Unique diets are all the rage these days with different diets coming up claiming they are the best. Inevitably, some false information gets spread around and you don’t know what’s true and what’s not about what diet. Well, we’re here to clear up one popular diet, the Mediterranean diet. Here are 3 myths about the Mediterranean diet.

 

Myth: The Med diet is high in fat, making it bad for me

 

Truth: Fats are an essential part of the Med diet but it’s healthy fat, the kind that makes you gain energy and lose weight. It’s saturated fats you want to avoid, which are not as present in this diet.

 

Myth: This diet’s all about pasta, pizza, and cheese

 

Truth: The focus on this diet should be on fresh vegetables, beans, lentils, fish, and whole grain. Focusing on pasta, pizza, and cheese is not a Med diet, but just a love for Italian food.

 

Myth: The Med diet is European.

 

Truth: The Mediterranean sea is a sea and not an ocean. Meaning there’s something on the other side called Africa and the Middle East. Focusing on just the European diets limits your options and palette. Egypt, Lebanon, Algeria, and Syria have just as good, or arguably an even better diet than the Greeks and Italians.

 

Myth: Med diet is based on what people in the Mediterranean region eat.

 

Truth: The Mediterranean diet is a misleading name. It’s focused on the ingredients in the Mediterranean and not quite the diets of the people there. The truth is that almost all food we know can be traced back to the Mediterranean (you know, where civilization basically started). Some places even have diets that break all the rules of a Med diet. For example, in Lebanon, families eat based on the ingredients available to them,which includes a ton of red meat. Almost all Lebanese food has some trace of either yoghurt or red meat (and often both).

 

Instead, the Med diet is based on ingredients from the region, and how they’re often prepared.

 

  • Lots of fresh veggies

  • Beans, lentils, nuts seed

  • Olive oil

  • Fish twice a week

  • Whole grain

  • Limit red meat

 

It matches none of the Mediterranean cuisines perfectly, but it encompasses the best of all of them to give you a diet that works best for your body.

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