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April
2013
05

MEDITERRANEAN DIET = GOOD HEALTH

Turns out that romantic Italy not only produces delicious food – it’s healthy too!  Studies show that the Mediterranean diet (favored by the traditional cooking style of countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea) combines the basics of healthy eating — plus a bit of flavorful olive oil and maybe even a glass of red wine.

The Mediterranean diet includes:

  • Getting plenty of exercise
  • Eating primarily plant-based foods, such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts
  • Replacing butter with healthy fats such as olive oil
  • Using herbs and spices instead of salt to flavor foods
  • Limiting red meat to no more than a few times a month
  • Eating fish and poultry at least twice a week
  • Drinking red wine in moderation (optional)
  • Enjoying meals with family and friends

The Mediterranean diet is rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, beans, and seeds.  These foods provide thousands of micronutrients, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that can help protect against cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s disease, among other conditions, and provide health benefits that cannot be replaced by a supplement.

Monounsaturated fats, found in avocado, fish and olive oils, are anti-inflammatory and fight disease at the cellular level, including type 2 diabetes. Olive oil has gotten lots of attention, however, according to a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine in 2003, it may be the synergy between all the foods that leads to the health benefits.

Sound a little clinical – perhaps a few tasty examples will help.  Here are a few of our menu items that are great examples:

  • Summer Salad
  • Torre di Pisa
  • Tomato Caprese
  • Carmelo's Signature Salad
  • Radicchio e Pere
  • Pasta di Mais
  • Eggplant Parmigiana
  • Pesce Spada al Pomodoro
  • Asparagi

All of Carmelo’s dishes are prepared with olive oil and we can grill, broil or poach chicken and fish very simply with olive oil and lemon juice…just ask your server!

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