The Elements Of A Mediterranean Diet

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Mediterranean Diet
The elements of a Mediterranean diet as I have come to know them through my stay here are bread, olive oil, wine, prosciutto, and cheese, along with pizza, pasta, and gelato. However, researchers studying the Mediterranean diet for its health effects would say that it consists of fruits, vegetables, legumes, cereal, fish, and a “moderate intake of red wine with meals” (Sofi, Cesari, Abbate, Gensini, & Casini 337). Foods that are defined as being specifically opposed to the structure of the Mediterranean diet are red, processed meats and dairy products (Sofi, Cesari, Abbate, Gensini, & Casini 337). Although, I would have to argue that cheese is eaten nearly in excess and is certainly a dairy product
The Mediterranean diet receives so much attention because it is valued for its contribution to a healthy cardiovascular system. Studies have indicated that adherence to such a diet is a significant protective factor against the development of chronic diseases, specifically cardiovascular diseases, degenerative diseases (such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease), and cancer (Sofi, Cesari, Abbate, Gensini, & Casini 337).
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One of the most noticeable differences in the way that the Mediterranean diet is consumed, compared to my personal eating habits is the way that such careful steps are taken to ensure that the meal is enjoyed and appreciated to the greatest extent possible. For example, the wine is valued because of its ability to cleanse the mouth between bites to ensure that the flavors of the food are experienced over and over. The wine is not selected for its own flavor or enjoyment so much as it is chosen to counteract the kind of food that it will be paired
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