The Mediterranean diet is thought to be one of the most nutritious ways of eating thanks to the fact that it covers all the main food groups and includes loads of anti-inflammatories and antioxidants. Think about it: you’ve got a plate stacked with fresh fruit and veg, dashed with olive oil which is full of healthy monounsaturated fats, accompanied with fibre-rich almonds, anti-oxidant packed seeds, potassium-filled avocados and oily fish (such as grilled sardines, salmon and anchovies) that chock full of omega-3s. You’ve basically checked off all the major food groups and beneficial nutrients in one meal.
Mostly, it comes down to the omega-3-rich foods. You’re probably on to the fact that omega-3s (commonly found in fatty fish) are good for brain health. Growing up, you might have even been nagged by your parents to take cod liver oil capsules to help with your school grades or have been forced into chowing down a plate of oily kippers at your nan’s. If so, it turns out that your family was on to something, as studies show that omega-3s can help to build muscle and help your body get stronger.
Essentially, the Mediterranean diet is high in carbs, medium in fats and very low on processed food – so if you want to follow it and benefit from its muscle-loving properties, you’ve got to up your fat intake and get some omega-3s in you.
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