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19
Jan

Benefits of the Mediterranean Diet

La dieta Mediterránea

Leading a healthy life is becoming more and more important. Foods are chosen more carefully, and special diets are followed to have a good health. The Mediterranean diet is and always will be a balanced diet, healthy and very easy to follow. It is more common in Mediterranean countries, such as Spain, Italy, Greece or Portugal, among others, although, nowadays, more and more countries are following it thanks to the dietary patterns that characterize it.

The consumption of products such as fruits, vegetables, legumes, bread, cereals and olive oil are those that predominate in this diet, providing a balance in minerals and vitamins, which is very beneficial for our body. The production and distribution of fruits and vegetables is key to promote this diet and also, the healthy properties that characterize it.

During these recent years we have experienced a growing interest among users for healthy products. Also, there are more pages and blogs that talk about the Mediterranean diet as a healthy lifestyle that helps prevent certain diseases that are very common among the population. Diseases such as asthma or diabetes are some examples that, thanks to the high consumption of fruits and vegetables, their effects can be diminished or even eradicated.

Foods that are included in the Mediterranean diet

As we discussed at the beginning of this post, the foods that are included in this diet are those that are obtained from a local agriculture, from countries that enjoy a Mediterranean climate. These are the most common, together with the benefits that each one brings:

  • Different kinds of vegetables: the example that we use is the vegetable production of Cinatur, such as zucchini, eggplant, pepper and its color varieties, tomato, cucumber and lettuce. All these foods, if consumed daily, they offer a high content of specific vitamins and minerals. Fiber is another element that you can find and that is very beneficial to our organism.
  • Different kinds of fruits: the fruit production is essential to provide the necessary vitamins that the body needs. In Cinatur we distinguish between citrus, including oranges and tangerines, and other fruits such as watermelon, melon, pears, apples and various stone fruits such as apricot, nectarine, peach, cherries and plums. The benefits that provide the consumption of these fruits are the same as vegetables. In addition, most fruits provide the necessary amount of water that our body needs, contributing to our vital functions.
  • Legumes: these are a source of vegetable protein and must be included in the weekly menu. Chickpeas, lentils, beans and all their varieties are very beneficial and great to innovate in the kitchen. These foods provide a high content of nutrients, fiber and vitamins.
  • Meat and fish: blue or white fish, seafood and all kinds of meat are necessary, although we must control the amount that we eat. It gives us many benefits, as well as the energy necessary for the everyday body functions.
  • Olive oil: it is the basis of the Mediterranean diet. It gives us the exact amount of healthy fats that our body needs. The consumption of olive oil must also be controlled. We recommend 3 or 4 spoons every day.

Cinatur recommends and encourages to take care of the health with a complete and balanced diet such as the Mediterranean diet. Our distribution of fruits and vegetables encourages the consumption of healthy foods and this is reflected daily in our activity.