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provided the least--likely related to their glycemic load. A more recent study, The EPIC Greek Cohort study, published
in 2012, analyzed adherence to a Mediterranean Diet, and gly- cemic load intake. It concluded that those who adhered to a Mediterranean Diet and had the lowest glycemic load intake had the best health benefits of all. And if the subjects were overweight, the benefits of following a low-glycemic load version of a Mediterranean Diet were even greater. This low-glycemic version has the added advantage of ap- pealing to many people who have already shifted towards a low-carb and/or Paleo eating plan, and switching from a low-carb to a Mediterranean diet will usually increase their nutrient dra- matically.
Beyond Food Though there are many proven benefits to following a low-
glycemic version of a Mediterranean diet, the health benefits of the Mediterranean lifestyle are not solely limited to food intake. Mediterranean people are more active than we are in the U.S., they spend more time walking and cycling to work and for daily shopping, and they spend more time outdoors and with nature. How they eat is important as well. They enjoy long, lei- surely meals typically with friends and family, which fosters close social connections, which is likely related to the fact that they have lower rates of anxiety and depression than are found in the U.S.
Summary The foundation of a low-glycemic Mediterranean Diet is
lifestyle, which features exercise, activity, social interaction, cooking, and mindful-leisurely eating. Foods and beverages that are consumed daily include veg- etables, fruits, beans, nuts, olive oil, herbs and spices, yogurt, dark chocolate, and water, with moderate intake of red wine and coffee or tea. Seafood, poultry, eggs, and other probiotic-rich dairy products are on the menu several times a week, although a vegetarian or vegan version without animal protein is very feasible. Whole grains are also an option, although served in small portions (and gluten free as needed). Unlike many diets that are popular today, notice that almost no real foods are completely banned--for a special occasion, you can still enjoy special treats that fit the affair--the key is that you limit them to a special event, and that you eat real, unprocessed food.
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The Mediterranean Diet is not just a short-term eating plan. It has been followed for centuries, generation after generation, tested in numerous long-term clinical studies, and been found to be the best diet on the planet for long term adherence and for healthy eating. The food is delicious, generally simple and easy to prepare, and the ingredients can be found at your local grocery store. This is an eating plan that truly combines proven health benefits with delicious food--no other diet can embrace the say- ing as well--To Your Health & Bon Appétit!
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