What is the Mediterranean Diet?
The Mediterranean Diet is considered the healthiest of all diets and is inspired by the traditional habits of people who live in the Mediterranean region. (1) We’re talking Italy, Greece, Spain and France…mmm wish I was on a terrace soaking in the Italian sun right now… Anyway, whilst it does involve eating lots of fresh produce, whole grains, legumes and healthy fats, there’s a lifestyle aspect to it too. It’s shaped by the notion that you “eat what you grow” and it celebrates seasonality, local produce, and traditional preparations. (2) According to the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid, the majority of our diet should include foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, olive oil, beans, legumes, nuts and seeds, and herbs and spices.(3)
Why is the Mediterranean Diet Beneficial?
When looking at all the different food groups incorporated into the Mediterranean diet, we can see why it’s so heavily encouraged. It’s full of unsaturated (aka healthy) fats and low GI carbohydrates to help with satiety as well as anti-inflammatory foods and lots of dietary fibre for gut health.(4) It’s not only about the food on your plate, but also involves more holistic measures such as siestas, exercise and strong relationships. (5) When referring to medical research, this diet can also be beneficial for health conditions such as the preventative effects of cardiovascular disease and certain cancers as well as a decreased risk of Type 2 Diabetes, mental disorders, and metabolic-related diseases.(2)
Does Dineamic follow The Mediterranean Diet?
At Dineamic we taken a lot of inspiration from the Mediterranean diet and it's approach to food. You can see it in our love for spices, fresh herbs, and olive oil, not to mention our ‘local wherever possible’ ethos. These are important to us, not only because of health factors, but also because we believe that good flavour begins with good ingredients.