Erika’s Post – The Mediterranean Diet
Researchers at Saint Louis University found that athletes ran a 5K 6% faster after eating a Mediterranean diet for 4 days, than after eating a Western diet.
The Mediterranean diet includes whole fruits and vegetables, nuts, olive oil, and whole grains, and avoids red and processed meats, dairy, trans and saturated fats, and refined sugars.
The Western diet includes low intakes of fruits and vegetables, and high intakes of trans and saturated fats, dairy, sugars, sodium, and processed foods.
The Mediterranean diet’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects, more alkaline pH, and nitrates might lead to improved exercise performance.
The Mediterranean diet has also been proven to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.