People often want evidence-based support for claims. The Mediterranean lifestyle is one of the few approaches that can actually do that.
The evidence goes far beyond maintaining a healthy weight. Following a Mediterranean dietary pattern has been shown to increase life expectancy, reduce the risk of major chronic disease and improve quality of life and well-being.
These long-term benefits of this lifestyle are pretty powerful. But you even get excellent benefits in the short term. That’s because adhering to any healthy eating lifestyle keeps your immune system strong, allowing you to fight off disease — all while consuming delicious food and beverages.
It’s a combination of factors that contribute to the power of the Mediterranean lifestyle. This article sums it up best: The Mediterranean lifestyle is so powerful “probably due to the harmonic combination of many elements with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which overwhelm any single nutrient or food item. The whole seems more important than the sum of its parts.”
It can feel daunting to make huge shifts in your lifestyle all at once, but making a few, small Mediterranean-inspired changes can yield big results.
For example, olive oil is the main culinary fat used in Mediterranean countries. Just using olive oil in cooking has been associated with a significant reduction in the risk of developing breast cancer in a large-scale study.