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The Green Mediterranean Diet
Episode 2713th December 2022 • Fork U with Dr. Terry Simpson • Terry Simpson
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The Green Mediterranean Diet

Imagine being able to improve the Mediterranean Diet with a few changes. Is the new "Green" Mediterranean Diet the ultimate hack? The Green Mediterranean Diet  (Green-Med) has become the hottest version of the MED diet yet.

Advantages of the Green Mediterranean Diet

There are three advantages to Green-Med

  1. Less Fatty Liver
  2. Decreased risk of heart disease
  3. Less Visceral Fat

Fatty Liver

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is the number one cause of liver failure in the United States. It surpassed alcoholic liver disease as the number one reason for liver transplants. But how do you get fatty liver?

Is fatty liver caused by sugar or fat or both?

Low-Carb enthusiasts blame fructose, or almost any sugar, as the cause of fatty liver disease. Although the latest boogyman is "seed oils." On the other hand, vegans will blame saturated fats.

But sugars in mice are not the same as sugars in men.

Fatty liver appears to be a byproduct of obesity, excess calories, and genetics.

Reducing fatty liver

After weight loss surgery, people rapidly lose weight, including in their liver.

But people on the Green Mediterranean Diet lost more weight in their liver than those with the standard Mediterranean diet.

Visceral Fat

Belly fat is one of the hardest fats to get rid of. As people age, belly fat increases. So when women go through menopause, they increase belly fat.  And lowering belly fat is best done through weight loss with a high-fiber diet and cardiovascular exercise. But Green-Med appears to lower it even more.

Cardiovascular Risk Factors

Although MED is known for reducing the risk of heart disease, Green-Med seems superior.

Implementing the green Mediterranean Diet

The difference between the green and standard Mediterranean diet

  • 28 grams of walnuts a day - about one ounce
  • 3-4 cups of green tea per day
  • 100 grams per day of frozen Mankai
  • Reduction in red meat

Green Tea is Easy

There are more polyphenols in it than in black tea - so it's easier to drink.

Adding walnuts is easy; they are also a great source of omega-3 fatty acids.

Decreasing red meat isn't difficult.

Finding Mankai or duckweed - well, you can't in the United States

No one has reproduced the data about the Green Mediterranean Diet - perhaps because they can't find those frozen cubes of duckweed.