Know the health benefits of the Green Med Diet.
- The Green Med diet contains vegetable protein instead of red meat.
- The green-Mediterranean diet is said to be healthier than the traditional one
- It helps promote weight loss and heart health.
The Mediterranean diet has long been in the news for all the right reasons. A diet dominated by fruits, vegetables and a moderate amount of meat, fish and poultry. It is believed to be beneficial for weight loss, diabetes management, and general health. So much so that the Mediterranean Diet was voted the Best Diet (for General Health) in 2021 by the U.S. News & World Report's annual ranking. There's no denying that the Mediterranean diet has gained a fair share of popularity around the world, especially among health enthusiasts. However, the researchers found a nifty version of it that is touted as healthier than the traditional Mediterranean diet. It is called the Green Mediterranean Diet.
What is the Green Mediterranean Diet? Health Benefits Of The Green Med Diet:
The green Mediterranean diet is basically a food pattern that replaces the red meat (allowed in the Mediterranean diet) with vegetable protein. According to health experts, vegetable protein contains anti-inflammatory properties that further prevent inflammation and benefit our health. Let's find out the benefits:
Green Mediterranean Diet For Heart Health:
A previous study published in the journal Heart found that this version of a plant-based diet can help reduce cardiovascular risk, especially in men. The researchers randomly divided 294 overweight people (mean age 51 years) into three diet groups. The first was a regular healthy diet, the second was a traditional Mediterranean diet, and the third was the restricted green version of the Mediterranean diet (Green Med diet). It was concluded that people who followed the Green Mediterranean diet had greater reductions in bad cholesterol than the other two diets.
Green Mediterranean diet for a better metabolism:
The same study also found that people who consume more vegetable protein had better metabolism and a lower risk of inflammation.
Green Mediterranean Diet For Weight Loss:
The green Mediterranean diet is fortified with polyphenols, which act as an antioxidant to flush out toxins and promote weight loss. A recent study published in the journal Gut found that a green-Mediterranean diet fortified with green tea and walnut helped burn fat more effectively when compared to the traditional Med diet, which is moderate in red meat.
With the above factors in mind, we offer you some plant-based protein options that can help you go green for a healthy and nutritious lifestyle.
5 plant-based proteins you can use to replace meat and chicken:
– Dal and legumes (such as Moong, Masoor, Rajma, Lobia, etc.)
– Fruits and green vegetables (berries, broccoli, spinach, green peas, etc.)
– Soy products (soy milk, tofu, etc.)
– Whole grains (such as oats, quinoa, ragi, etc.)
– Nuts and seeds (almond, walnut, chia seeds and more).
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