Studies have shown that Mediterranean diets have lowered the risk of cardiovascular disease and reduced cancer causing agents. The Crazy Pita located in Henderson, Nevada is great healthy Mediterranean restaurant. This ethnic cuisine is healthy, affordable, delectable, and will assist help the diner keep his or her 2010 resolution to eat healthier in the New Year.
Since cardiovascular disease and cancer claim many lives due to poor dietary habits and lifestyle choice, many of us resolve to change our diets. There are plenty of holiday treats that are lying around the house beckoning to be eaten. After consuming plentiful portions of holiday delights, many of us begin to reevaluate and make resolutions to improve our diets.
The Mediterranean diet consists of olive oil, fish, legumes, fruits, unrefined sugars and vegetables. Olive oil is nutritious because of its high levels of monounsaturated fats. Oleic acid is one such monounsaturated fat found in olive oil. Coronary heart disease is reduced by a high consumption of monounsaturated fats. Additionally, antioxidants found in olive oil have been shown to regulate LDL cholesterol.
This diet is notable not only for its cardiovascular benefits but also for reducing the effects of depression, cancer, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.
When compared to other low carbohydrate and low fat diets, it also produced the most significant weight loss among women. While men posted similar results when comparing the low carbohydrate and Mediterranean diets.
A diet that promotes good cardiovascular health and reduces the risks of cancer will consist of the following components:
1) A heart healthy diet aims to reduce saturated fat intake and to lower LDL or “bad” cholesterol. Cholesterol and triglycerides are transported by LDL within the blood stream. The higher your LDL cholesterol, the more at risk an individual is for heart disease.
2) An individual concerned about his or her heart health should reduce intake of processed foods. This reduction will lower triglyceride levels and reduce cardiovascular disease.
3) The diet should be rich in folic acid and B6 and B12 vitamins. These vitamins reduce homocysteine levels which cause degradation in the arteries, collagen and elastin.
4) Antioxidants fight cell damaging oxidants and free radicals. To stop cell damage, the individual should consume more fruits and vegetables to promote antioxidant activity.
5) Excessive production of fibrinogen leads to thrombosis. Fibrinogen production promotes blood clotting in the cardiovascular system and is found in foods such as red meat, dairy, poultry and eggs. Reduce consumption of these foods to reduce the risk of clotting.
According to the Seven Countries Study, the Mediterranean country of Crete has remarkably low death rates from heart and cardiovascular diseases. Despite the high intake of fat, these individuals enjoy healthy lives consuming a diet rich in olive oil, bread, unrefined cereals, fruit, vegetables, fish, and wine (red preferably) and dairy products in moderation. Dairy in the Mediterranean diet primarily consists of yogurt and cheese.
The Crazy Pita has a menu that will coincide with the ethnic diner’s resolution to stay heart healthy in 2010. The atmosphere is casual; however, it is a healthy alternative to fast food. All entrées are under $10; therefore, a healthy lifestyle on the go will not affect the diner’s budget negatively. The diner will find that the menu contains foods such as hummus, pitas, salads, roasted chicken, shrimp, falafel, roasted vegetables, and lentil soups. The choices are plentiful.
For more ambiance and exquisite service, consider The Medici Cafe and Terrace Restaurant at The Ritz Carlton, which also serves Mediterranean cuisine.
Make a choice in 2010 to be healthier and prosperous. Happy New Year!