Yesterday we looked at the new (it’s not really new for those Sardinians that are on it) Sardinian Diet and one of its main components, and extremely dark red wine full of anti-oxidants. Today we are going to look at another important component that allows dieters to get their protein. You are going to love this one.
It turns out that those partakers of the Sardinian Diet eat a lot of cheese, but it isn’t just your average cheese you buy in the dairy section of the local supermarket, it is a special cheese that is made by using milk from grass fed sheep. The cheese is called pecorino sardo and it is high in omega-3 fatty acids.
The Sardinians also eat another cheese that contains maggots (pretty disgusting) and I was a fan of the diet until I found this out. It turns out that Sardinian men eat this kind of cheese to prove they are tough and it may contain some kind of bacteria that aids in digestion and does its longevity magic. I don’t know how long I want to live if I have to eat maggot infested cheese.
In summary the Sardinian diet consists of very dark red wine, the cheese known as pecorino sardo, nuts, fruits, vegetables and very little meat including fish. Also the wine must be included while eating the meal to get the full benefits of this diet and hopefully help you live as long as possible.
We’ve been saying for a long time here at the Healthy Diet Podcast that meat, especially red meat, is associated with a whole host of diseases and the latest results of the Sardinian way of eating, while not scientific, certainly bear looking at. You can’t deny the hard results of living longer and living healthy while enjoying those extra years.
You may have heard of the recently discovered Sardinian Diet because ABC’s Good Morning America just did a segment on it this morning featuring the author of The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest, Dan Buettner. Dan has studied longevity across the globe and has come to some startling conclusions about those of us humans that live the longest.
Once again, as we have been saying all along on the healthy diet blog for years, it’s all about what you eat rather than how much you eat or how many pills your doctor may prescribe for you. As Dan found out, the secret of longevity is in the diet and one of the better ones he has found in the world is known as the Sardinian Diet. And you’ll be surprised at how simple this diet is. But remember, when we say diet, we aren’t talking about a fad-take-a-pill-and-lose-weight type deal that you do for 3 months, we’re talking about a complete lifestyle change.
One of the main components of the Sardinian Diet is that the people of Sardinia drink very dark red wine. It is so dark that they call it black wine and it is ultra high in anti-oxidants that supposedly scrub the arteries of cholesterol and other bad things. But you can’t just drink the Sardinian wine whenever you want, it must be consumed with the meals in the diet for its full benefit.
The diet also requires that you consume a lot of fruits, vegetables, nuts and not a lot of meat, not even a lot of fish. The Sardinians keep their meat consumption down to a treat like frequency of about once a week which is a whole lot less than what we are used to here in the United States.
There’s also another component to the diet that helps individuals who subscribe to it get their protein. Believe it or not it’s in a special cheese that comes from goat milk, but you’ll have to come back tomorrow to learn more about that.