Mediterranean Diet Information

Mediterranean Diet Information

Mediterranean diet is basically the dietary traditions followed by the people of Greece, Spain and southern Italy who live around the Mediterranean Sea. It has been studied by an American Dr Ancel Keys when he landed in Greece in 1945. He discovered that the people of Greece and Spain had longer life expectancy and didn’t have any major health problem.

Their diet mainly consists of lots of food from plant sources freshly eaten minimally processed, locally grown, and seasonal and very little food from animal sources

Foods mainly are fresh fruits, vegetables, sea fresh fish, herbs, bread, grains, nuts and seeds, non refined oils like olive oil which is 25% to 35% of fat consumed and low consumption of saturated fats, moderate consumption of cheese and yoghurt, honey and fresh fruits for desserts, lots of fresh fish and non refined cereals.

Vegetables consumed should be at least 1 pound and red meat consumed sparingly only. Lots of physical activity and consumption of wine if taken should only be 1 glass for women and 2 glasses for men daily with meals.

Fruits are mainly grapes, raisins olives, avocado, strawberries, raspberries, currant, blue berries grapes, black olives, orange, apple, pear, figs, pomegranates, dates, passion fruits, cherry, apricot, grapefruit, peach, prunes, quince, bergamot and plums.

Vegetables are spinach, lettuce, cauliflower, broccoli, white peach, bell pepper, carrot, beetroot, tomato, onion, shallots, scallions, green onion, celery, eggplant, capers, cucumber, lemon, Zucchini, white and red cabbage, mushroom, grapevine leaves, artichokes, potatoes, sweet corn and gherkin.

Grains are mainly pasta, couscous, rice, polenta, bulgur etc.

Legumes are carob, peas, beans, lima beans, chickpea and lentils.

Herbs and spices used are anise, basil, bay leaves, borage, peppercorns, garlic, chilies, chamomile, chervil, chives, dill, fennel, lavender, marjoram, mint, nutmeg, oregano, parsley, sesame seeds, rosemary, sage, savory, sorrel, tarragon, and thyme, vanilla, mahaleb, red saffron, masticha, cinnamon, clove, coriander, cumin and caraway.

Cheese used are mainly from sheep and goats milk – bocconcini, edam, feta, halloumi, kasseri, kefalograviera, kefalotyri, roquefort cheese, mozzarella, mitzithra, manouri, manchego, peciino toscano , mascarpone, parmesan, and pecorino, anthotyro, xynotyri, ladotyri, anevato and batzos.

Nuts are almonds, fennel, poppy, sesame, pistachio nuts, peanuts, hazelnuts, walnuts, pine nuts and chestnuts.

Fish and fillets are herring, salmon, trout, tuna, anchovies, sardines, mackerels, cod, and carp. Sea foods like octopus, clams, mussels and squids are also eaten.A wide variety of these foods consumed daily has been found to be very good for the heart as well.

Milk products against fats

Most of you who are on diet are trying to use less milk.

But this strategy might be inaccurate cutting of milk may increase your amount of fats. How does this work, The reason is obvious- lack of calcium slows down combustion of fats.

If there is not enough of calcium the effect of ferments, who combust fats, slows down. It is known that daily limit of calcium is about 800mg (this is about 0.5litre of milk).

Calcium in other products:

100 g of milk, yogurt 125mg;

100g of curd 150mg;

100g of melted cheese 740mg;

100g of ferment cheese 1024mg;

Thus during the day you should have about 3 glasses of milk products: kefir, sour milk, and yogurt.

Buttermilk is good for digestive system and it is low calorie. Don’t use cream as it is high calorie and fat product.

1 tablespoon of cream (30%) 32kcal;

1 tablespoon of cream (10%) 13kcal;

1 tablespoon of sour cream (30%) 32kcal;

1 tablespoon of sour cream (10%) 13kcal;

1 tablespoon of low fat curd 23kcal;

1 tablespoon of 20% curd 35kcal;

1 tablespoon of 40% curd 50kcal;

Express Milk Diet

If you are milk lover and have strong will, we suggest you 3 day diet.

You should lose up to 2 kilos. It is not recommended to follow this diet longer. If you want to limit calories- chose 1 2.5% fat milk. Always drink additional liquids (about 1.5liter of green mint tea, without sugar, gas free mineral water). You can have couple slices of black bread additionally.

Day menu:

Breakfast: boiled egg and one glass of milk;

Lunch: half glass of milk;

Dinner: 200g potatoes boiled in water without salt and butter and one glass of milk;

Supper: one glass of milk.