Mediterranean Diet: 4 Medicinal Benefits of Wine & Super FoodsFood The List
Drinking wine and eating fats can be a healthy part of your diet, believe it or not! But don't just take our word for it. Researchers in Australia found that the Mediterranean diet can lead to about a 45-percent improvement in reducing depression. We spoke with nutritionist Sasha Bayat who shared three ways to incorporate the Mediterranean diet in your everyday life.
1. Swap Fats
First consider swapping your fats, which Sasha says unfairly get a bad rap. "There's this common misconception that fat is bad for you,” she shares. So ditch butter for room temperature olive oil – and stick to good fats like avocados, nuts and seeds. “These are the fats that are good for your body and that your body needs.” Someone pass us the roasted cashews, please!
2. Veg Out
Fruits and veggies should be at every meal! “They contain fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals everything that supports the function of your body,” explains Sasha. They even provide benefits you may only associate with a prescription. "Beets are a great example of this,” Sasha continues. “They're high in dietary nitrates, which are the same thing that you take when you're taking blood pressure medication."
If you put fruits and veggies on every plate, you'll strengthen your body from the inside out! “Just [by] having the variety of different plants, you're combating a whole wide range of different ailments,” informs Sasha. For example, sweet potatoes can help your skin and vision. “Brussel sprouts are really good for your heart,” adds Sasha. “Same with the red peppers and spinach. And then the mushrooms and onions are really good for combating any sort of antibacterial.” Yummy!
3. Go Fish
And finally, go fish! The Mediterranean diet incorporates fish once to twice a week. “When you're consuming the fish, you're getting the healthy fats, and you're getting the omegas,” reveals Sasha. “The omegas are really, really good for your heart, and your brain function.” Try to eat more fish or chicken in place of red meat, which Sasha says helps with mood regulation and brain function.
4. Drink Wine
Yes, this diet also lets you drink wine, which yields many benefits! Watch the video above to learn more.
Who knew your new prescription could be right in the pantry?!