Households are guilty of opting for convenience over nourishment when life gets busy, but these choices can severely limit the nutrients our bodies need to function optimally. In fact, more than two thirds of Australians are not maintaining a diet that supports the required intake of 5 major food groups and worryingly, less than 10% of Australian adults eat the recommended intake of vegetables per day.
With mainstream media flooded with the next new diet trend, it’s difficult to understand which diet will work best for the individual. The Mediterranean diet is considered one of the worlds healthiest dietary patterns due to a combination of foods rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients. Renowned by nutritionists and health experts alike, the Mediterranean diet is a nutritionally sound option for those looking to improve the quality of life for the dieter.
Clinical Nutritionist, Angela Emmerton says that a low intake of processed food and red meat is a central part of the Mediterranean diet, coupled with a wide variety of seasonal fruit and vegetables, oily fish, legumes, beans, nuts, seeds, and extra virgin olive oil.
“The Mediterranean diet has long been hailed as providing a wealth of health benefits. Eating lots of fruit and vegetables and seafood, alone is a healthy habit to adopt but this along with low intakes of processed foods and red meat can really make a huge difference to your overall wellbeing.
“This kind of balanced diet can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and cognitive function decline4 and research even shows that people who follow the diet during midlife have up to 46% greater likelihood of healthy ageing,” says Ms Emmerton.
“The best way to translate this style of eating for Australians is to embrace the core ingredients, such as using extra virgin olive oil as the main source of healthy fat, increasing the intake of seasonal fruit and vegetables and cutting back on highly processed foods,” she said.
But preparing and eating foods associated with the Mediterranean diet is now not the only way to reap the rewards of the diet and its health benefits. New to Australia and in the form of a capsule, ellinol contains ingredients made from a formulation of Mediterranean extra virgin olive oil and concentrated extracts found in pure natural foods such as apples, oranges, and grapes.
“Having access to the key active ingredients via an easy to consume capsule, means Aussies can reap the benefits of this tried and tested diet with ease,” she says.
This Mediterranean Day (28th November), ellinol is encouraging Aussies to consider how nutritious their diet is and unlock the vitality and longevity of the Mediterranean diet in one easy step.
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