Besides being close in location, the Middle East and Mediterranean also share similar cuisines which are known to be some of the healthiest in the world. According to livestrong.com, the Middle Eastern diet falls under the category of a Mediterranean diet, which incorporates the foods and cuisines of the countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea. The Mediterranean diet has garnered praise for its role in keeping the body healthy and staving off chronic disease, especially cardiovascular problems.
The key elements of a Middle Eastern/Mediterranean diet are: spices, fruits and vegetables, grains, olive oil and proteins. Following a Middle Eastern diet can also benefit the health of your brain, cognition and overall mortality.
An analysis published in the British Medical Journal in 2008 explored the overall health benefits of a Middle Eastern/Mediterranean diet. This review analyzed 12 studies that tested the effects of a Mediterranean diet on mortality, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and heart disease of a total 1.5 million people.
According to this review, a Middle Eastern/Mediterranean diet-style diet can reduce overall mortality and mortality from cancer or heart disease, as well as your risk of developing Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s.