They are plenty of ways to meet your protein needs, without having to eat meat. The food industry has made leaps and bounds in terms of offering nutritious and delicious vegetarian options for helping you get the protein you need. However, these products are not just for the vegetarian, even you meat lovers can sample these foods and incorporate them into your diet to switch it up and add some spice to your meals!
Soy (soy nuts, edamame, tofu)
- May help reduce calories, saturated fat and cholesterol when substituted for meat.
- Provides your body with isoflavones that have been proven to work wonders on your body and health
- Soy milk, but check that it’s fortified with calcium and B vitamins (more…)
According to new research, a Mediterranean diet may help Alzheimer’s patients live longer. For those of us on the younger side, it’s also great for your heart health.
So what’s all the fuss about the food eaten in this beautiful region of the world?
The Mediterranean diet is loaded with fruits, vegetables, grains and olive oil, and more fish than red meat. That’s not totally alien to what the rest of us think of as a healthy diet.
Another staple to the diet is moderate consumption of red wine, which is probably largely responsible for its trendiness.
Regardless of what your motivation may be, here is a rundown as to why it can be such a healthy diet choice:
The core to the healthfulness of the diet is how low it is in saturated fats. There is plenty of fat, but usually in the form of olive oil, nuts and fish, which has the much-touted omega-3 fatty acids.
Now to the wine… having a glass with your dinner has been shown to have health benefits. Red wine contains antioxidants, which can help fight heart disease. A glass (or up to two for men) can also lower cholesterol. New information is coming out that it may even be good for reducing your risk for diabetes.
Of course, this isn’t the only way to eat your way to great health. But if the idea of olive oil, moderate amounts of bread and pasta, with a little wine and lots of fruits and veggies sounds tantalizing to you, then you should explore your options further.