The Mediterranean Diet and its Huge Health Benefits!

Posted on May 11, 2017 by Nausheen Fatima

The Mediterranean Diet and its Huge Health Benefits!

  The Mediterranean diet became popular   after the 1970s Seven Countries Study,    which compared various diets of people living in  the U.S. to several  mediterranean countries. Not only is it  for weight loss, it’s a heart-healthy  eating plan as well. It has been proven to lower the risk of death from  cardiovascular disease and stroke. It  also lowers the risk for diabetes,   cancer, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. (MayoClinic)

 Considered by many nutrition experts to  be one of the most heart-healthy ways  of eating there is, the base of the  Mediterranean diet is loaded with anti-inflammatory foods and built upon plant-based  foods and healthy fats. (Draxe.com)
 According to the Harvard School of Public Health,”Together with regular physical activity  and not smoking, our analyses suggests that over 80% of coronary heart disease, 70%  of stroke, and 90% of type 2 diabetes can be avoided by healthy food choices that are  consistent with the traditional Mediterranean diet.” 
 

The History of Falafel: 

 

A Key part of todays Mediterranean  diet, the yummy fritter like ball called  "Falafel" is full of fun history and  nutrition!

 Falafel is the second most common dish made of chickpeas, after hummus of course. It is eaten in many Arab and Mediterranean countries, each with it’s own special version. The Syrian, Lebanese being most popular.
You can find falafel all around the world today. But when in the US and North Europe, is it usually made by Palestinians, Lebanese, Syrians, or Egyptians, all from the Land of Mesopotamia. Falafel is very common in these countries (except Turkey).
A common theory suggests falafel was invented some 1000 years ago by the Egyptian Copts, who brought it with them to the rest of the middle-east. Another theory date the invention of falafel as far as the the 6th century AD, or even earlier, placing it on the subcontinent of India, which is known until today for making various chickpea-based dishes. And like anything else – some say it was invented by the ancient Egyptians.
Is falafel good for you?
Falafel contains around 325 calories for 100gm. It’s made out of 35% water, 30% carbohydrates, 15 percent protein and some 20% of the rest – which may include some fat and also vitamins and minerals, from potassium and magnesium to folate. When deep fried, the falafel contains relatively little fat, and when eaten with salad it is both satiating and healthy.
(credits Hummus101.com)

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