The Mediterranean Diet has long been considered to be the perfect diet to maintain a healthy weight, however, a few new benefits have been discovered along the way.
As well as offering a lower incidence of illness and general wellbeing include a boost to the brain!
The research involved data on more than 11,000 university students over a period of four years. Dietary intake data was taken at the beginning of the study and self-perceived quality of life was measured after the four year monitoring period. In order to ascertain whether the Mediterranean diet was followed, consumption of vegetables, pulses, fruit, nuts, cereals and fish was positively valued whereas consumption of meat, diary products and alcohol was negatively valued.
Participants reported greater feelings of wellbeing and rated their quality of life as being greater