The Mediterranean diet has been credited with a number of positive outcomes. This is why the Mediterranean diet is popular among a number of celebrities. Now a new study has claimed that adopting a Mediterranean diet deters overeating and also protects against obesity and liver diseases. The study published in the journal Obesity says that those who eat Mediterranean diet actually tend to eat fewer calories, have lower body weight and less body fat than those on the Western diet. The study also found that the Mediterranean diet protects against non-alcoholic fatty liver disease or NAFLD, which is associated with obesity and can cause cirrhosis of the liver and liver cancer.

Reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases: A study by the Harvard School of Public Health and Cambridge Health Alliance found that the Mediterranean diet which focuses on consumption of fish, nuts, vegetables, and fruits lowers the risk of heart diseases and metabolic syndrome, weight gain and increases HDL or good cholesterol and lowers LDL or bad cholesterol.

Helps you live longer: It is no surprise that the Mediterranean diet which insists on you eating lots of fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, olive oil with a little bit of wine, can make you live a longer and healthier life. These foods fight free radical damage and inflammation and can hence reverse the process of ageing thus increasing life expectancy.

Promotes good digestion: A Mediterranean diet consisting of high fibrous and other foods including vegetables, legumes, nuts, cereals and fish are good for the gut health. This can help reduce the risk of inflammatory diseases, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Could delay and prevent Alzheimer’s Disease: The Mediterranean diet can make you less susceptible to Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia and promote better overall cognitive function in older adults. It can also help you retain memory better.

Can help improve sperm health: A study in the journal Human Reproduction Update said that a diet like the Mediterranean diet which is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamins and low in saturated fatty acids and trans-fatty acids can lead to good sperm quality.

Could keep colorectal cancer away: The fact that the Mediterranean diet has plenty of fruits, vegetables and legumes, nuts and seeds, whole grains, fish and poultry,  more monounsaturated than saturated fatty acids and low consumption of red meat, alcohol, and soft drinks could help reduce the risk of colorectal cancer by 30 per cent, said a study.