Assuming that going on a diet means giving up all the tasty foods you love, would make anyone dread having to be on one. Fortunately, for those us who “live to eat”, there are various ways to maintain your health without compromising the taste and quality of your food! Sam Mustafa, restaurant owner of Tabbuli, a tapas Mediterranean restaurant in Charleston, raves about Mediterranean Diets and how beneficial it is for your health, and not to mention how delicious it is!
Who knew a combination of omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants could all be incorporated into a flavorful mediterranean dish? Mediterranean Diets mostly consist of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and seafoods found in the Mediterranean region. This combined with a bit of cheese, yogurt and wine makes for the perfect meal to prevent and combat chronic diseases associated with poor dieting choices. Here are some positive long-term effects a Mediterranean Diet can have on your health:
Strengthens the Heart
A study reveals people who follow the traditional Mediterranean Diet have been linked to a significant reduction in life threatening diseases, especially heart disease. Mediterranean style diets can decrease the risk of a cardiac death by 30 percent because its ingredients moderates blood pressure. Replacing and limiting saturated and unhealthy fats using healthy fats such as olive oil, poultry, and omega-3 laden fishes, strengthens the heart.
Cruciferous vegetables and legumes are at the heart of a Mediterranean Diet. They also happen to be foods with the ability to combat cancer. Broccoli, spinach, lentils, chickpeas, and beans are loaded with antioxidants, which help to protect DNA from damage and stops cell mutation. Properties from these food groups have a protective effect on the development of cancer cells and promotes your overall health.
When on a Mediterranean Diet, you’ll maintain a healthy weight without even realizing it! Mediterranean food consist of a little bit of everything from the food pyramid. When you’re getting a regular intake of this, it can significantly reduce your waistline. Eating fresh foods with healthy ingredients like vegetables and whole grains encourages you to consume less sugar and preservatives — and because it is so delicious you won’t recognize how much of the bad stuff you’re cutting out!
Mediterranean food is Sam Mustafa’s favorite! Fortunately for him and others who enjoy Mediterranean dishes, it comes with a myriad of health benefits. If you ever find yourself in Charleston, stop by Tabbuli for a delicious meal.