(SELF) Here’s one more reason to consider following a Mediterranean diet: New research has found that the eating plan can slow cognitive decline and even prevent the development of Alzheimer’s disease…
“The Mediterranean diet is, hands down, one of the world’s healthiest ways of eating,” Karen Ansel, R.D.N., author of Healthy in a Hurry: Simple, Wholesome Recipes for Every Meal of the Day, tells SELF.
Registered dietitian nutritionist Beth Warren, founder of Beth Warren Nutrition and author of Living a Real Life With Real Food, agrees, telling SELF that the diet’s benefits come from its whole foods and rotation of various food groups.
According to Ansel, the biggest perks of the diet are that it’s filled with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, beans, olive oil, and fish, which all deliver nutrients like B vitamins, antioxidants, and omega-3 fats that are proven to benefit our hearts and our brains. It’s also rich in fiber which helps lower cholesterol and regulate blood sugar.
“The power of this way of eating isn’t just about the foods it includes. It’s is also in the foods it limits,,” Ansel says. “Namely, saturated fat-heavy red meat and highly processed foods that are packed with added sugars, which have both been linked to the development of chronic diseases like heart disease and type 2 diabetes. “[Click the title, above, to post a comment.]