In nutrition, the diet is just the sum of all the food ingested by an organism or individual during a particular time. Diet may be in the form of food obtained from food groups like animal, plant, and human and the diet of humans includes protein from animal source foods as well as protein-rich food from plant sources. Usually, when the dietary requirements of human are fulfilled, the individual can stop taking nutritional supplements but for people who need a balanced diet, taking diet supplements may be the best option.
The typical diet of the Mediterranean consists of mostly fruits, vegetables, legumes, cereals, nuts, olive oil and fish. Based on the research, these are the five most important foods in Mediterranean diet and they are: beans, lentils, peas, nuts, and whole grains. Based on the research, beans are considered to be legume and they provide protein, potassium, folate, fiber, magnesium, iron and calcium. On the other hand, peas and nuts are considered to be a vegetable and they provide a good source of protein, potassium, folate, fiber, magnesium, iron and calcium. Cereals are grain products and they contain carbohydrates, dietary fiber, magnesium, iron and calcium. Moreover, whole grains like barley and whole-wheat are included in the diet of Mediterranean.
Besides these foods, there are some other products in the diet of Mediterranean that have been included in the report for diet. This includes consumption of wine and beer. Wine and beer have high content of alcoholic drinks and they are drunk more often in most of the countries in the world. In addition, consumption of this drink increases the level of cholesterol in the blood and so it is considered to be an artery clogger. Therefore, in order to prevent heart disease and obesity, people must quit drinking alcohol.
The fifth item in the diet of Mediterranean is diet soft drink. The calorie content of the diet soft drink is approximately equal to eight calories per ounce and they contain fewer antioxidants compared to coffee. The main ingredient of diet soft drink is cola and they contain about two hundred and twenty calories per one ounce. In addition to calories, they also contain about fourteen calories per serving, and they are derived from sugar, so, it should be avoided at all cost. Furthermore, the noun calorie is derived from the word calor, which means black.
Sixth is a balanced diet supplement. The most commonly used diet supplement is soy. Soy is a plant product that contains nutrients like protein, amino acids, lipids and vitamins. It is also rich in antioxidants and contains low level of fat, sugar and salt. Thus, soy is considered as an important part of the diet and is essential for weight loss.
Seventh is a diet soft drink. A diet soft drink contains no calories and has no nutrient content. It is sweetened with calories and its caloric content is about fifty-two, which is about half of that of ordinary soft drinks. However, it has almost zero sodium, zero trans fat, zero grams of cholesterol, zero grams of sodium, and only three calories per serving.