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The Benefits of the Mediterranean Diet

It is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle. And diet plays a vital role in that. Having a Mediterranean diet will not only be beneficial for your health, but also your heart.

Limiting unhealthy fats from your diet will be very beneficial for the health of your heart. A healthy diet means a diet full of protein and fibers, like whole grains, fish, vegetables, and fruits.

Mediterranean diet is one the healthiest diets you can adopt. It is not just a diet, it is a lifestyle.

Yes, there is a way to eat delicious, finger-licking food without it being unhealthy.

Here are a few health benefits of the Mediterranean diet that will keep your heart healthy and disease free.

1. Keeps Your Heart Healthy

Research shows that reducing red meat and sugar from your diet helps with the health of your heart. These foods have been linked to you getting serious diseases, like a stroke.

People who follow the Mediterranean diet have a lower risk of getting a coronary heart disease or stroke.

Red meat and fats have cholesterol, which in a high quantity can be bad for your heart. Mediterranean diet introduces protein in your body, which keeps both you and your heart healthy.

2. Reduces or Prevents Diabetes

Were you getting late for work and decided to snack on a granola bar instead of having a proper breakfast? Or did you just eat cereal – the sugary kind.

Without even realizing, we ingest so many unhealthy and sugary foods.

Mediterranean diet changes all that. According to research, this diet acts as an anti-inflammatory dietary pattern.

This pattern is helpful in fighting against chronic inflammation, like diabetes and metabolic syndrome.

Mediterranean diet also controls the excess levels of insulin in our body. It helps regulate your levels of blood sugar, which also helps in losing weight the healthy way. 

3. Helps Reduce Weight

Obesity is a driving factor that leads you towards getting heart disease. People who are overweight are more likely to develop a heart condition than people who are fit.

Instead of starving yourself or using other, and more dangerous, methods of losing weight, try using a healthy and natural way.

That way is the Mediterranean diet. This diet introduces good carbohydrates in your body. It is not healthy to go on a carb-free diet and go cold turkey. Your body needs proteins and fats to stay healthy, but the good kind.

Mediterranean diet offers a natural fat intake by providing nutritious food with high levels of protein.

4. Olive Oil is the way to go

Nearly every meal needs oil to prepare it, and that oil can be very bad for the health of your heart.

Mediterranean diet does have oil in it, but the healthy kind – olive oil. Olive oil contains oleic acid, which is known for being very heart-healthy.

The health of your heart is important to us. It is important that you get it checked every few years. Call us today at 202-431-7355 to schedule an appointment.

Keystone Cardiovascular Center has great doctors who will be happy to serve you.

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