The Greek diet is well known as one of the best diets for a healthy heart and longevity. The Greek diet consists of a variety of foods rich in antioxidants that promotes anti-aging effects. Interest in the Mediterranean diet was made popular by the realization that people who live in countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea had some of lowest rates of coronary heart disease and greatest longevity in the world. This was true even though there are some variations among the cultures and diets within each region.
It has also been noted that the Greek diet can help you lose weight and to feel better. With the Greek diet becoming so popular, the term is now synonyms to a diet that emphasizes whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, olive oil, and fish, while reducing amounts of saturated fat, refined sugars, and meat.
In this blog edition, we will take a look at the top 5 Greek foods we think you should include in your diet! To not only help you fight the effects of aging but to also look and feel your best.
Fish such as sardines, anchovies and salmon are great fatty fishes that help to reduce the effects of aging. These types of fish are an excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids which have anti-inflammatory properties and can protect from diseases such as arthritis and heart disease. In addition omega-3 fatty acids can help to promote hydration of the skin and minimize skin inflammation. We suggest incorporating 2 – 3 servings per week in your diet.
Fruits and Vegetables
Greens such as spinach, kale, collard greens, chard etc. are a nutrient dense food. They are rich in vitamins and antioxidants that can reduce oxidative stress. Research has shown that consuming at least one serving of greens a day resulted in slower cognitive decline as measured on tests for memory and thinking skills.
Sesame seeds and sesame seed paste (tahini) make for an excellent source of protein, vitamin E, iron, calcium, and copper. They also contain lignans, a group of substances that have antioxidant activity and appear to lower cholesterol levels in the blood, but also may protect from cancer. Sesame seeds are rich in the good fat and appear to protect from cell and tissue damage of the skin.
Greek yogurt consists of twice the amount of protein than regular yogurt, making it a great low fat snack. You can make a healthy and delicious snack by adding a handful of berries on top or for a little sweet touch, a teaspoon of Greek honey. Greek yoghurt consists of vitamins C and D which are especially important for bone strength. For an added anti-aging bonus we recommend eating a portion of Greek yogurt daily.
While nuts are high in calories, most of the fat they contain are not saturated. A study has shown that eating nuts several times a week has been linked to a lower incidence of heart disease. Walnuts are great for snacking on as they are rich in protein as well as omega-3s. Aim for no more than a small handful a day to get your daily dose of nutrients and Omega-3s, and avoid heavily salted or sweetened ones like honey-roasted varieties.
In addition to following the Greek diet, combining your diet with sufficient water is key. At the same time, you should limit the intake of dehydrating liquids such as coffee, alcohol and sugar flavoured drinks.
We highly recommend to add these 5 Greek Anti-aging Foods to Include in Your Diet whether to aid in weight loss or just to feel better from the inside out!
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