Why the Mediterranean diet is actually as beneficial as everyone says
Doctors and dietitians explain why the Mediterranean diet, named the best diet of the year for the fourth consecutive year, is so beneficial for people's health.
The Mediterranean diet -- inspired by the cuisines of Spain, Italy and Greece -- has been named the best overall diet by U.S. News & World Report for the fourth consecutive year. With its focus on fish, healthy fats and unprocessed grains, there's good evidence that sticking to this diet can lead to a longer life. But now, evidence is mounting that the Mediterranean diet may have benefits even beyond life longevity.
“When people think of the Mediterranean diet, they think of a heart-healthy diet,” said Dr. Timothy Harlan, editor-in-chief of Health meets Food: the Culinary Medicine Curriculum. “But really, the Mediterranean diet has been shown to prevent Alzheimer’s disease, macular degeneration and cancer as well.”