​Mediterranean diet, fact or fiction? - IVF OMAN - Fakih IVF OMAN
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  • ​Mediterranean diet, fact or fiction?

    Thursday, January 5, 2017

    Recent studies have shown that a Mediterranean diet supplemented with either olive oil or nuts was more beneficial in preventing breast cancer compared to a low fat diet, without advising what type of fats to use.

    The rationale for the influence of olive oil on cancer risk is that oil has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties with it polyphenols content.

    Keep in mind that 1 table spoon of oil is equivalent in calories to 1 table spoon of mayonnaise or butter; however, fat in oil consists mainly of the GOOD UNSATURATED one.

    Key components of the Mediterranean diet:

    • Eating primarily plant-based foods: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts
    • Replacing butter with healthy fats such as olive oil and canola oil
    • Eating fish and poultry at least twice a week
    • Limiting red meat
    • Using herbs and spices instead of salt to flavor foods.

    By Ms. Ayla Coussa

    Clinical Dietitian