We all have at least once heard that the Mediterranean diet is the best diet for your health but recent studies showed that not only is that true, but it will actually help to slow down aging. Before I get into the details of what a Mediterranean diet consists of let me show you why this diet works.

A new study led by Immaculata De Vivo, associate professor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and Harvard Medical School looked at eating habits of more than 76.000 healthy middle-aged women and they found that those who were following a Mediterranean diet had longer Telomeres.

[quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]Telomeres are part of your chromosomes, the thread-like structures that house your DNA. At the end of these chromosomes are telomeres, a kind of protective “cap” that keeps the structure from unraveling. It thereby protects your genetic information. source: CNN[/quote]

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What is a Mediterranean Diet and What should I eat?

If you want to eat like a “Greek” it is actually quite simple and tasty.  The basic rule is that you should try to incorporate Olive Oil, Nuts, Vegetables, Fruits, Beans, Peas, Whole Grains and Fish to your diet. Everything should be fresh and ready to eat. Red Meat and processed foods should be avoided as much as you can. For your enjoyment, a red wine is part of this diet, one glass for women and one-two for men, and may be consumed daily.

See the best Mediterranean Recipes from Pinterest:

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad Recipe

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Loaded Turkey and Hummus Mediterranean Panini

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Mediterranean Pasta Salad

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Mediterranean-Spiced Lamb Burger Recipe

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Mediterranean Pizza

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CONCLUSION

Remember, everything in life should be done with balance. Don’t fill your plate with oil, or get drunk with red wine thinking that it will make you  live longer. A balanced diet and lifestyle is the key to good health.


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