The Mediterranean Diet

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Could eating a Mediterranean diet really help to protect the brain against dementia?

Dementia is one of the UK’s leading causes of death, but recent research has revealed that following a Mediterranean diet could help to protect against the disease, and improve brain health.

Research conducted for the study from University of Edinburgh has said that there is mounting evidence that a diet rich in oily fish, fruit and vegetables, and nuts, could help you maintain memory as you age.

As we get older, our brains shrink by one or two percent each year, which results in a decreased ability to learn new things and retain memories. But it’s believed, from this research, that a Mediterranean diet could help to slow down this process.

The study, conducted on 401 70-year olds, has reaffirmed scientists beliefs that following a healthy diet is good for your brain.

And that’s not all. A study funded by the World Cancer Research Fund, has also found that women who eat a mostly Mediterranean diet have a 40 per cent reduced risk of oestrogen-receptor negative breast cancer.

The Mediterranean diet is said to be one of the world’s healthiest diets, and could even help with shifting stubborn pounds. The Greek Diet (Harper Collins; £15.99) – written by Greek chef and restaurateur, Maria Loi and health journalist and former Olympic-level athlete, Sarah Toland – combines Maria’s culinary expertise, which is grounded in rich Greek tradition, and Sarah’s scientific knowledge, for a diet plan that’s both sustainable and gets results.

Inspired by the Ancient Greek civilisation who lived by the philosophy metron ariston; ‘everything in moderation’, The Greek Diet advocates drinking wine and encourages you to add another few lugs of olive oil.

The diet is organised into ‘Twelve Pillar Foods’. In each section, Maria and Sarah share their expertise on each food group; Maria tells her experiences of food during her childhood in Greece and Sarah adds scientific explanations as to why these simple traditions of Greek village life will assist with weight loss. 

Intrigued? Read on to find out how these twelve pillars could pave the way to better brain health and sustainable weight loss…

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