HIT Rob wrote:
Yes please, I've really just glossed over the some articles on the red wine (and hearsay) but am actually not much of a drinker, apart from the rare pint of beer or two. Personally i'd rather have a fruit/vegetable juice any day:)
Okay, if you take the healthy version of the Mediterranean Diet these are probably the key points:DIET
*Low overall calorie intake
*Very low or zero
alcohol (except in celebratory circumstances)
*Plenty of locally grown greens, herbs, veges & plants high in longevity protecting antioxidants that the majority of the rest of the world do not consume ~ plants like horta, kritamo, andrakla etc.
*Home grown vegetables grown in mineral rich soil
*Lots of beans, nuts & legumes = high fibre
*Extra-virgin olive oil is prevalent in their diets
*Fresh fish 2-3 times a week
*Meat only comprises 5%
of their total calories
*Raw goats milk that they milk by handRESPONSE TO DIET
*Reduced cancer, alzheimer's & Parkinson's disease rates
*Lower cases of CV disease (heart attack, stroke etc)
*Improved liver health
*Lower BMI, which links in to diabetes being much less common in studied countries that consume this diet such as Greece. If you have some spare time and you're interested in this kind of stuff you should Google 'The Ikaria Study'
So why does the REAL
Mediterranean Diet feature very little (if any) alcohol?..
Alcohol kills close to 150 French people EVERY DAY
7 million people in France have a drinking problem
In France (where the media like to showcase the Mediterranean Diet because they drink more heavily than other European countries), 25% of deaths that happen to people aged 15-34 are a result of alcohol. The causes of death that you can directly attribute to alcohol ARE ABOVE ALL
CANCERS AND HEART DISEASES.
Basically, the only benefits from wine ~ and these benefits are actually fairly minimal, are polyphenols and flavonoids. The same two things which can be found in vastly larger amounts in fresh fruit and vegetables. If you actually take the time to look into the studies that are pronouncing the health benefits of alcohol, guess what?..
They're generally funded by the global alcohol industry!