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Why the Mediterranean diet is the best in the world

According to U.S. News & World Report's annual ranking of diets that protect health the most. Here's why it pays to follow it

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The best diet in the world: here's why
The Mediterranean diet. According to the Best Diets Overall 2022, published in the U.S. News & World Report, it is once again for the fifth consecutive year the best overall in nutrition, weight loss, disease prevention, wellness and longevity
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Prevents chronic diseases
"The wealth of fiber-source vegetables and greens that characterizes this type of diet reduces the absorption of sugars and fats in the intestines, improving their impact on health," says nutritionist Salvatore Ercolano
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It also keeps the brain in shape
The most recent studies have shown that following the Mediterranean diet protects brain health. "This diet has been shown to be one of the most suitable for preventing neurodegenerative diseases. In fact, the Mediterranean diet has been seen to improve gut microbial flora."
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How to follow it at the table every day
"To put the Mediterranean diet into practice, it is enough to combine in each main meal of the day a source of complex carbohydrates (rice, barley, spelt, wheat or pasta) with protein, giving priority to plant-based protein from legumes, nuts and seeds and less to animal-based protein such as fish, white meat, eggs and low-fat dairy products, and Omega 3 and Omega 6 fats, found for example in extra virgin olive oil."
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An example of a menu
Breakfast: an oat-based vegetable drink, a small portion of whole grain cereal and some nuts (walnuts, almonds, pistachios, etc.)Snack: a seasonal fruit.Lunch: Spelt with legumes, seasonal vegetables dressed with extra virgin olive oil.Snack: one seasonal fruit and a handful of dried nuts.Dinner: fish (or meat or eggs), seasonal vegetables, dressed with extra virgin olive oil and whole wheat bread (made exclusively from whole wheat flour, yeast and salt).
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