Excerpt From: Live Longer & Healthier Eating Foods You Love
“The Mediterranean Diet may help prevent memory loss, according to a February 2009 study of nearly 1,900 older adults conducted by researchers at the Columbia University Medical Center.”
Consumer Reports On Heath, May 2009
Sixteen Middle Eastern, European and African countries border the Mediterranean Sea. Mediterranean diets vary by country and region. Major regions include:
- North African
- Middle Eastern
- Eastern European
- Western European
No Italian lunch or dinner would be complete without wine. Red wine, homemade if possible, is served at every meal and consumed in moderation. Italy produces some of the world’s nest red wines. Drinking white wine at meals is rare in southern Italy. White wines are used more for cooking (fish and chicken dishes).
Wine like food is not abused. It is to be enjoyed with the meal and helps with the digestion. In the United States, drinking wine still ranks far below beer and liquor but it is gaining in popularity.
Using the freshest, highest quality ingredients, when available, will make a true difference to your dinning experience. When available or in the interest of time frozen and canned ingredients are acceptable substitutes, but you will notice a difference in flavor and texture. Whether you use fresh, frozen or canned ingredients you will find preparing your own Italian meals, where you control the quality and quantity of the ingredients, a healthy, economical alternative to dining out.
There is no one, unique, Mediterranean diet. What most have in common is eating an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables, fish and chicken instead of beef, high quality breads, legumes and cooking with oils high in monounsaturated fats like olive and canola.