Today we are overloaded with different nutrition advices, products….and most of them are claiming to be the right one for you. We must be careful when choosing which one to apply in our everyday life. But always keep in mind that the only program suitable for you is the one taking into account your individual characteristics.
But can the Mediterranean diet plan improve the health of people living in northern European countries? Yes!
A Scottish 6-month intervention study with a quasi-experimental design was conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of an Internet-based intervention promoting four key components of the Mediterranean diet. Fifty-three (intervention group) and nineteen (control group) healthy females took part from the Universities of Glasgow and Glasgow Caledonian, Scotland. Females in the intervention group received tailored dietary and psychosocial feedback and Internet nutrition education over a 6-month period, while females in the control group were provided with minimal dietary feedback and general healthy-eating brochures. The study showed that, at 6 months, females in the intervention group had significantly increased their intake of vegetables, fruits and legumes, as well as the monounsaturated fatty acid ratio in their diet, and had significantly increased plasma HDL-cholesterol levels and a reduced ratio of total:HDL-cholesterol.
Participants in the control group increased their intake of legumes but showed no other favourable significant changes compared to other group. This proved that Internet-based intervention promoting components of the Mediterranean diet can influence a greater consumption of plant foods, increasing omega 3 fatty acids intake and decreasing saturated fat in the Scottish diet. This study proved healthy aspect of the Mediterranean diet for people living in other parts of the world but Mediterranean and benefits of internet promotions for this healthy eating pattern.