So what does Southern Italy, Crete and Greece share in common apart from their geographical location?
Very simply, it is the Mediterranean or the Prasouda Diet which was introduced in the 1940s by Ancel Keys (an American doctor) who was living in Salerno, Italy. While several experts today believe that it is indeed a healthy diet, the initial response wasn’t such a positive one because people living in Mediterranean countries generally ate a lot more fat-ridden foods and yet stood a far lesser chance of dealing with cardiovascular disease.
But what is the Prasouda Diet and how is it different from the others, you might ask?
If you lived in the aforementioned countries, you’d understand that the Mediterranean Diet is not but a combination of foods that have been eaten for centuries in these countries resulting in a healthy lifestyle, thanks to the food being unprocessed and natural in nature.
Some of the foods that are eaten are:
#1: Vegetables, fruits, legumes are consumed in large quantities
#2: Unrefined Olive Oil is used extensively for this diet
#3: Fish, Cereals and Dairy – Consumed in large quantities as a part of this diet
#4: Meat – Not surprisingly, very little meat is consumed with this diet
#5: Nuts – is a common feature of this diet as a snack
Yet this is not just a diet (replete with supplements) but is actually considered to be a way of living in these countries. What makes this diet so special is that your internal organs are cleaned up while not only losing weight but having good skin as well. Apart from these health benefits, here is a study that discusses the Prasouda diet and its link to cutting diabetes risk.
And if you are interested in following this lifestyle (and not diet), you can find a sample Prasouda diet plan at this link, which must be followed up with exercise too.