Is the Mediterranean diet the right diet to help you lose weight, balance your hormones and achieve optimal health or is it not as healthy as many of us have been led to believe?
If you’re on a journey with your health, you’ve probably looked into all kinds of diets, with the Mediterranean diet being one of them.
This type of diet originated from the Mediterranean area in southern Europe.
With the Mediterranean diet, you consume these foods:
- Lots of fruits and vegetables
- Fats, including oils
- Some beans, fish, dairy and eggs
- Some limited red meat
Is this really a healthy diet? This is what I talk about in my video today:
Mediterranean Diet Myth
It is worth noting that the people of the island of Crete for example back in the 1950s ate a typical Mediterranean diet with the kinds of foods that I have just talked about.
Fast forward to the present day, and they eat a more standard western diet. And guess what?
Yes, their health has suffered because of it.
The Mediterranean diet contains animal products and oils and these still do raise health concerns of their own.
- Fish, for example, contains heavy metals like mercury, pesticides like DDT and industrial toxins like PCBs. (2)
- Eggs contain significant amounts of cholesterol and saturated fat, which are not healthy for the heart and raise levels of the growth hormone IGF-1 in the human body, which can raise the risk of cancer.
- Dairy can affect human hormone levels. A study found that children’s hormone levels went up 3 – 4 times more than their normal hormone baseline levels after consuming about 2 cups of milk. (3)
- Meat protein has been found to cause inflammation in human kidneys, which is in stark contrast to plant protein. (4) Plus, it raises levels of IGF-1 hormone in the human body and so raises the risk of cancer. (5,6,7,8,9)
- Oils are 100% fat, highly processed and devoid of protein, carbohydrates, minerals, vitamins and many other nutrients. In fact, so high in calories are they that one pound of olive oil amounts to over 4,000 calories!
So what’s the answer with regards to the Mediterranean diet?
Watch the video above to discover more!
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