Mediterranean Diet Myths

The Mediterranean Diet is based on the traditional dietary habits of the Greek and Italian people. The Mediterranean Diet is based on vegetables, nuts, legumes and healthy sources of fats while reducing the consumption of red meat and carbohydrate intake. Because the diet is low in carbohydrates and high in good sources of fat, which helps with diabetes and cardiovascular disease, the diet has become very popular. The use of olive oil and other sources of food fats help raise HDL cholesterol and lower LDL cholesterol.

Myth 1

It’s just a diet. Just because your selection of food is outside of your cultures norm doesn’t make it a diet. The Mediterranean Diet is not something you quit when you have lost that 10lbs. It is a life long heart-healthy life style.

Myth 2

Olive Oil is the main component. I’m not going to argue the fact that Olive is important in the Mediterranean Diet. It is, but it there are other sources of good fats (Omega-3) in this diet; Fish and nuts to name a few.

Myth 3

All about the food. Like with any diet one should incorporate exercise. This is true for any diet or eating plan. If you truly want to loose weight and get healthy, exercise along with a good meal plan is the key.

Myth 5

I can drink red wine all the time. Like anything else, red wine should be consumed in moderation. According to the Mayo Clinic women shouldn’t exceed 5oz of alcohol and men should not consume more than 10oz per day.