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The Mediterranean Diet

In the early 1960s, the World Health Organisation held a 30 year study of the diets of 12,000-13,000 people from 7 different nations (Greece, Italy, Yugoslavia, the Netherlands, Finland, USA and Japan). The people of the Mediterranean had the lowest mortality levels due to cancer and coronary disease and had a longer average life expectancy.

More specifically, the consumption of olive oil in particular can reduce the concentration of bad cholesterol (LDL) in the blood without decreasing the very important good cholesterol (HDL).

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Olive oil has also been shown to reduce levels of triglycerides in the blood, as well as reduce blood pressure. Recent studies have also shown that olive oil consumption can slow down breast cancer. A balanced diet with olive oil and vegetables can apparently reduce the chances of the appearance of other cancers by as much as 75%. Recent research furthermore shows that olive oil in conjunction with a healthy diet can improve the gastrointestinal system by making the liver work better and helping the liver to detoxify poisonous substances. Olive oil also assists in the maintenance of bone thickness and protects against osteoporosis. Together with a balanced diet, olive oil can reduce the chances of the appearance of rheumatoid arthritis by 75%. Last but not least, olive oil has been proven to help in cases of diabetes.

Hippocrates believed that food should not only be healthy, but also taste good. 2,500 years later, the Mediterranean diet is increasingly becoming the most famous around the world for its health benefits and pure flavours. Olives, olive oil and honey are central ingredients in the Mediterranean diet and are all synonymous with longer life.

Please see our recipes for ways in which are products can be used in order to contribute to a healthier diet. We are always happy to learn about the ways in which you like to use our products. Please send any related recipes to sarah@verlina.co.uk



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