If you haven’t heard by now (and if you haven’t heard, where, might we ask, have you been?) the Mediterranean diet is by far the best healthy eating plan to be on for your body, your mind and your weight loss goals.
Approved and loved by dieticians, doctors and nutritionists alike, the diet from Europe’s sunny seaside shores and islands that involves eating lots of fresh veg, white fish and cooking everything in delicious olive oil, has been getting a hell of a lot of love over the last few years.
Now, new research from Bloomberg has provided yet another way to prove that the Mediterranean diet is, quite literally, the best in the world.
The 2019 edition of the Bloomberg Healthiest Country Index, which ranks 169 countries from the best to the worst in terms of the overall health of the nation’s residents, revealed that Spain is the world’s healthiest country.
Closely followed by Italy in second place, both of these Mediterranean countries have high life expectancy amongst their residents, with their diets playing a key role in their healthy lifestyles.
“A Mediterranean diet, supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil or nuts, had a lower rate of major cardiovascular events than those assigned to a reduced-fat diet,” noted researchers in a study led by the University of Navarra Medical School.
Spain has climbed five places since 2017 in order to claim the top spot as the world’s healthiest country, whereas Australia has fallen two places in two years, ranking this year as the seventh healthiest nation in world. Countries judged as healthier than Australia included Sweden, Switzerland, Iceland and Japan.
So, if you needed one more reason to give the Mediterranean diet a go, then there it is.