The most unfortunate aspect of the American diet is that most people don’t want to consume anything in a whole, organic state. They want their food completely processed and devoid of nutrition, which, consequently, is why 72% of Americans are considered overweight or obese. They want sugar in a process format, protein in a processed format, and they want everything to taste perfect but have no nutritional value.
Nutrition experts tend to be rather disgusted and a bit freaked out by the typical American way of eating, due to the horrific side effects. In fact, most professionals wish that the average American would stop eating like a pig and instead opt for something like The Mediterranean Diet, which leans towards monounsaturated fats instead of saturated, whole and completely unprocessed grains, protein that actually come from roots in the ground, and sugar in its natural form only. Fiber, well, that comes from every organic source they can get it from.
Experts in the field can point to any number of different studies which have been performed over the years which relate directly to the Mediterranean people and the food of the region. Although the studies which have been done about the Mediterranean diet linked to the fact that the overall mortality rates for people living in the region are drastically reduced in comparison to those of the United States, and there is an overall lesser chance of developing diseases ranging from cancer to heart disease.
Despite the fact that the Mediterranean diet is one of the most studied diet plans in existence, modern scientists still cannot explain all of the various synergistic components that make up the overall complexity of the diet plan. For example, is red meat consumption really more important than olive oil, and why is it that proteins from plants are so superior in comparison to others? Not to mention, what is it that makes probiotics so important on a molecular level?
At the end of the day one of the most important things to understand about the Mediterranean diet is that it is effective simply because it is. It is nature working at its finest, and it doesn’t need a modern scientist to dictate or define how it works. Mother Nature is Mother Nature, and if the ancient gods and Olympians were able to use it to their advantage without an explanation, modern man should be able to do the same.