Mediterranean Diet - What is it?

Written by Roy Barker

Well, to begin with, there isn't really any one Mediterranean Diet! There's a whole swag of countries borderingrepparttar Mediterranean Sea. The basic Mediterranean Diet has common characteristics even ifrepparttar 149306 sourrounding countries differ in culture, language and recipes to some extent.

* an extensive intake of fruits, vegetables, bread and cereals, potatoes, beans, nuts and seeds * olive oil is a source of mono-unsaturated fat - common torepparttar 149307 Mediterranean area * some dairy products, fish and even poultry are consumed in sparing to moderate amounts, and some red meat(not much) * eggs are consumed in low to moderate amount say 1 to 4 eggs a week * fortunately wine is acceptable but in low quantities ie. 1 - 3 glasses per day

A good question to ask is - Does a Mediterranean-style diet follow American Heart Association dietary guidelines?

Mediterranean-style diets are often close to US dietary guidelines, but not exactly.

People who followrepparttar 149308 average Mediterranean diet eat less saturated fat than those who eatrepparttar 149309 average American diet. In fact, saturated fat consumption is well within US dietary guidelines. More than halfrepparttar 149310 fat calories in a Mediterranean diet come from mono-unsaturated fats (mainly from olive oil). Mono-unsaturated fat doesn't raise blood cholesterol levelsrepparttar 149311 way saturated fat does.

The incidence of heart disease in Mediterranean countries is lower than inrepparttar 149312 United States. Death rates are lower, too. However there are some who feel this may not be entirely due torepparttar 149313 diet. Lifestyle factors (ie. more physical activity and extended social family support structures) may also play a part. At this stage this is just a theory. Howeverrepparttar 149314 research tells all -repparttar 149315 diet has existed for umpteen years.

If you would like further proof ofrepparttar 149316 mediterranean diet benefits resulting from research and qualified researchers you could try visiting or Both of these sites give good 'food for thought'(excuserepparttar 149317 pun).

"Olive oil plays a central role, but it is not alone," says Dimitrios Trichopoulos, MD, PhD, of Harvard School of Public Health.

"It's amongrepparttar 149318 divine mix of several factors that, when used in combination, help provide strong evidence of something that is very important -- eatingrepparttar 149319 proper diet can significantly reduce your risk of early death."

He and researchers from Greece studied some 22,000 adults, aged 20 to 86, from all regions of that country; most previous studies tracked only older people who were more likely to die duringrepparttar 149320 study. The participants answered detailed questionnaires about their eating habits throughoutrepparttar 149321 four-year study. Then they were rated on how closely they followedrepparttar 149322 key principles ofrepparttar 149323 Mediterranean diet.

A Look at Laser Acne Treatment

Written by Dave Lavinsky

Laser acne treatment has been around for a few years now, and it is quickly replacing more traditional forms of acne removal and prevention. As antibiotics become increasingly ineffective due to overuse, more and more people are opting for this new technique. During laser resurfacing, a doctor holds a laser pen just aboverepparttar acne or acne scar tissue and wavesrepparttar 149305 concentrated beam of light back and forth, vaporizing onlyrepparttar 149306 unwanted tissue and creating a new surface for skin cell growth. Thusrepparttar 149307 term “laser resurfacing”. New collagen actually forms after laser treatment. (Collagen is a protein inrepparttar 149308 skin's connective tissue that helps giverepparttar 149309 skin its texture.)

Although laser resurfacing is safe and painless in almost all cases, some post-procedural bruising and swelling are normal. In most cases, these side effects persist for seven to ten days. Wait until this passes before applying make-up.

Currently there are no federal restrictions on who can perform laser resurfacing; regulations only affectrepparttar 149310 laser manufacturers themselves. There are many types of lasers for many different purposes, so be sure to use a dermatologist or plastic surgeon. Be sure to ask where your doctor was trained to userepparttar 149311 laser equipment and whether your doctor rents or owns his or her laser equipment. Ask to see before and after pictures ofrepparttar 149312 doctor's cases, and find out how many different types of lasersrepparttar 149313 doctor owns and how often each piece of equipment is used.

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