Olive Oil & Diet

filippo berio: olive oil as the main component in the Mediterranean diet
Olive oil is one of the main components of the Mediterranean diet which has long been promoted for its numerous health benefits.

While there are many variants of this ‘diet’, one of the most popular is the Italian version which is relatively low in total fat intake, with a moderate to large intake of fruits, vegetables, cereals – and of course olive oil. In fact, no Italian kitchen is ever without quality olive oil. It is used daily to season dishes, salads and vegetables—and there is always a bottle on the table for extra flavouring or drizzling over crusty bread.

Recent studies from Europe and the US* have found that the Mediterranean Diet has a beneficial effect on health and longevity: people tend to live longer overall, while death from illnesses such as heart disease and cancer is reduced by 33%.

(* Harvard School of Public Health and the University of Athens Medical School studied the diets of over 22,000 adults in Greece aged 20 to 86 over a four-year period.)

The mediterranean diet

Click on the pyramid below to view diet indications
These bad boys should be eaten sparingly: less than 2 times a week
Unfortunately for meat lovers, starches and red meats should only be eaten 1-2 times a week
As a healthy source of protein, these foods should be eaten at least 2-3 times a week, especially fish and legumes
Integrate nuts, seeds and olives into your daily diet, as well as 2 portions of low fat dairy products
These are the fundamentals of the Mediterranean Diet: every meal should include +2 vegetables, 1-2 fruits, 1 portion of bread, pasta or grains
filippo berio: olive oil as the main component in the Mediterranean diet
Don’t forget, the Mediterranean Diet is only effective when accompanied by regular exercise and activity!

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