Eat healthy around the world

So what is the secret of keeping a healthy weight?  It’s not just the Mediterranean diet that can keep you trim and fit. Let’s explore what other countries can teach us about eating healthier.


Slow Meals in France

When you eat your meals slowly and savour them, like lots of people in France do, it may lead to fewer calories, especially for men. So take your time and enjoy a nice, long meal with friends.

Smaller Portions in Japan

Smaller dishes typically mean fewer calories. Studies have shown that people who eat bigger portions are more likely to be overweight and less healthy. A soup starter, along with plenty of water, will help you walk away satisfied. It’s not just the small helpings – the traditional Japanese diet doesn’t include much red meat, which can be beneficial to your health.

Spice It Up in India

Indian food is loaded with herbs and spices, such as turmeric, curry, ginger, and cardamom. These spices are filled with antioxidants, and when used in dishes to heat them up, it may help you to eat less.

Greece: The 'Real' Mediterranean Diet

There are many cultures and eating practices throughout the Mediterranean, but the traditional Greek diet is the one that’s been shown to lower the risk of heart disease and cancer. It’s all about fruits and vegetables, more cheese than milk, more fish than meat. Furthermore, drizzle everything with olive oil, which has “good fat,” and wash it down with a little wine.

Drink Red Wine in Italy

Cheers!  Studies have shown that moderate drinking can lower your chances of heart disease. The key is moderation: one glass a day for women and two for men. More than that can be bad for you.

Break Bread in Sweden

It’s a good rule of thumb to watch your carbs, but not all carbohydrates are created equal. The whole-grain rye bread common in Sweden is healthier. It tends not to spike your blood sugar levels as much as white bread -- and it contains more fibre, which helps with digestion.


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