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Mediterranean vs. Keto vs. Paleo: Expert Reveals Best Diet Plan

There are so many diets and you've only got one stomach. So, which diet — Mediterranean, keto, Paleo — is best for you?

The answer’s not as difficult as you might imagine. In this case, the right thing to do is to choose the proven Mediterranean diet.

The Mediterranean diet, the world’s most popular healthy diet, has a long history of scientific studies that back its claim of being the best diet that helps people live longer while reducing the risk of cardiovascular mortality and the incidence of cancer. It also tastes a lot better than other diet fads, keto and Paleo included

Nutritionists have also ranked the Mediterranean diet the number one best diet overall also because it’s so simple to prepare,

“At a time where we are bombarded with an abundance of complex eating plans, from Paleo and Keto to vegan and pescatarian, there’s no surprise that a sense of overwhelming and panic takes over when trying to choose which one to adopt,” said Helen Bond, freelance registered dietitian and spokesperson for the British Dietetic Association.

"Not only is the Mediterranean diet ranked number one best diet overall but it also has proven health benefits and is so simple to adopt.”

Bond said the Mediterranean diet features lots of plant-based foods like fruist and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and of course, olive oil. This diet recommends fish and other seafood at least twice a week, small quantities of dairy, eggs and chicken and moderate amount of wine and eating sweets and red meat.

The world renowned Mayo Clinic also shares the same high opinion of the Mediterranean diet.

It describes the Mediterranean diet as a healthy eating plan based on typical foods and recipes of Mediterranean-style cooking. It also includes the basics of healthy eating.

The Mayo Clinic indicated that research has shown the traditional Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of heart disease. The diet has been associated with a lower level of oxidized low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, which is the bad cholesterol that's likely to trigger a heart attack.

The clinic said a meta-analysis of more than 1.5 million healthy adults revealed that following a Mediterranean diet was associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular mortality, as well as overall mortality.

It’s also associated with a reduced incidence of cancer, and even Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases. Women who eat a Mediterranean diet supplemented by extra-virgin olive oil and mixed nuts might have a reduced risk of breast cancer, as well.

The clinic said it’s for these reasons all major scientific organizations encourage healthy adults to adapt a style of eating like that of the Mediterranean diet for prevention of major chronic diseases.

mediterranean diet The Mediterranean diet is high in both good fats and carbohydrates that will actually help you lose weight. G.steph.rocket

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