Yourwellness Magazine Investigates Health Benefits of Mediterranean Diet

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With Italy warning that the UK’s proposed ‘traffic light’ food labels could ruin the reputation of the Mediterranean Diet, Yourwellness Magazine investigated the Mediterranean diet’s health benefits.

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The Italian government has raised concerns with other European governments that a UK proposal for ‘traffic light’ food labels could ruin the reputation of the Mediterranean diet, reported December 18th. According to the article, “Mediterranean diet could suffer from UK 'traffic light' labels, Italy claims,” during a recent meeting in Brussels, the Italian government told European agriculture ministers that the Mediterranean diet could see many of its foods labelled as “unhealthy”, costing Italy’s home producers as much as €200 million a year in lost sales. In a statement, the Italian delegation commented that the traffic-light scheme ‘is simplistic and does not take into account how different food products are combined in a healthy diet.’ (

Following on from this, Yourwellness Magazine investigated the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet. Yourwellness Magazine noted, ‘The Mediterranean diet is more of a general concept than an actual, prescriptive diet. The foods are generally fresh fruit and veg, seafood, goat’s cheese, nuts, grains, yoghurt and olive oil, as well as a bit of red wine. Red meat is generally avoided and all food is grilled rather than fried. Following the Mediterranean diet could help to guard you against all kinds of serious health conditions, such as cancer and heart disease.’ (

Yourwellness Magazine explained that any fat consumed through the Mediterranean diet is generally from monounsaturated plant sources such as nuts, canola oil and olive oil, which are good at reducing blood cholesterol and preventing heart disease. Yourwellness Magazine also pointed out that olive oil has cancer-fighting antioxidants and coats the stomach, protecting it against from ulcers. Yourwellness Magazine added that due to the fact that the cheeses used on the Mediterranean diet are generally made from goat’s milk, the diet is also usually very rich in calcium, vitamin B12, riboflavin and zinc.

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