The Mediterranean Diet Video

Dr. Kenneth Pelletier discusses the only diet that has been clinically proven to reduce weight and improve one's overall health…the Mediterranean Diet. He lays out the 10 common elements that comprise the diet and discusses the benefits one can ex...
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One of the areas that to me is really fascinating is diet and nutrition because we have these two extremes we have a fixation on diet and people and individuals are anorexic or bulimic on the one hand and yet the United States the world as a whole is has obesity has the major public health epidemic over time. How do we reconcile this two problems, is our challenge and there few observations about nutrition and diet, let’s be a bit I kind to a classic here. And the reality is most diet are fad diets, they have no basis in biochemistry, they tell you different and conflicting information, they are so extreme that you can can’t really stay on them for a long period of time and buying large there base not on science they base on someone’s impression of what may or may not be good and are usually extreme diets that are dangerous and in fact don’t last very long. The other thing about diet fad or otherwise that is fairly obvious which is every diet works. So I can that be if they’re all of the different diets and the all fats who do they work is because you are paying attention to what you’re eating. When you pay attention to what you eat, when you make diet bring it in to awareness you realize you are eating too much, you realize your eating too fast and you realize you’re eating between meals, you realize you over consuming alcohol and high sugar substances. So diets in endure for as long as you pay attention that’s why when you go off the diet and you stop paying attention weight gain is back. So the reality is it just not really a matter of extreme management of calories although we need to have modest proportions. So given all of that background to me there is one thoroughly research diet that has the most evidence is that it will work and its base on real science and that’s called the Mediterranean Diet. This was discovered essentially by Dr. Walter Willet who is Chairman at Public Health at the Harvard School of public health. His research was in cardiovascular disease, cardiologist. And what realize is that if you look at the Mediterranean in Europe and go north that around of Mediterranean you have a certain diet and you got very, very low incidence of heart disease. As you go further north the diet changes and you get his perfect gradient and until when you get to Scandinavian countries in the far north they have extremely high heart disease incidence and sometimes it’s 10 to 12 times higher than the countries on the southern part of the Mediterranean and that’s was give basis to what is known as the Mediterranean diet its’ what do we know about the common elements so you may not want to have a pure Mediterranean diet but I really do think that if you looking for a diet that’s base on research evidence that’s durable that you can use to modify any diet that you have and a more healthy direction this is just about the only one that fits that particular so it’s an evidence base science base diet. So let’s just go through 10 common elements that are easy to do and you can do this collectively and have a Mediterranean diet or you can simple do a few of them and modify the diet that you have. One is all of them have a high intake of whole grains, unrefined heart carbohydrates so whole grain breads you do not want white flour, you do not want highly refining foods or white rice so have it be grains and unrefined foods that’s item number one. Secondly, to have an intake of deeply colored fruits and vegetables, the deeper the color the better. The more color means the higher the antioxidants and antioxidants protect the cells against damage. So you want things like carrots, tomatoes, pumpkin, for fruits you want cherries and grapes so sort of things so if you focus on getting more deeply colored fruits, deeply colored vegetables that’s another characteristic. A third is really solids, solids are a powerful element in the diet which actually removes the oxidizing acids from foods and increase

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