Autumn and winter are the prime time for cold and flu. On average, adults have two to three times colds per year and children between six to eight. Women get more than men probably because they are often coming closer to children.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, since it provides us with the necessary energy to function throughout the day, while it has many health benefits. As part of the Mediterranean diet, breakfast can be light and quick to prepare, while it can be consumed at home, on the go or at work. Just make sure to include a low fat dairy product, one portion of whole grains and a fruit.
Salt plays an important role in human nutrition, since it is one of the most important electrolytes of the human body. However, we need to be cautious with regards to the amount consumed during our everyday life, because it has been associated with increased blood pressure. Although the Mediterranean diet includes some salty foods, following some practical tips to limit the amount of salt we receive, we can be sure for its benefits, such as its cardio protective effect.
Fruits and vegetables are two of the most important food groups, that offer us many health benefits, because they are rich in nutrients. They are coloured by natural plant pigments, that not only give them their colour, but are also responsible for fruits’ and vegetables’ high nutritional value of. Therefore, it is important to choose a variety of fruits and vegetables from every colour to ensure maximum nutrient intake!
The Mediterranean diet has been promoted as one of the healthiest eating patterns around the world. However, due to the recent economic recession, more and more people resort to less healthy food choices, because they consider it as too expensive to be followed. By taking into consideration some simple tips, such as shopping wisely and planning in advance, as well as by embracing the principles of the Mediterranean diet, we can incorporate it in our everyday lives and still save money!