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Mediterranean Diet: More than a diet, a full lifestyle that boosts your health

In fact, the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet are not exactly new. Past research has associated the Mediterranean diet with greater longevity and as a powerful ally in decreasing the risk of developing some diseases, namely chronic diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, as well as cardiovascular diseases.

What is a Mediterranean diet?

A typical Mediterranean diet is high in fresh and seasonal vegetables and fruits, beans, cereals, and cereal products, for instance wholegrain bread, pasta, and brown rice. It also includes a low intake of fish, white meat, and some dairy foods.

It is the combination of all these elements that seems to bring health benefits, but one of the key aspects is the inclusion of healthy fats, such as olive oil. Actually, Mediterranean cuisine uses olive oil as the main source of fat. But not only. Polyunsaturated fats such as those found in nuts, seeds and oily fish are also part of the Mediterranean food.

What are the health benefits?

Much more than a calorie-oriented diet, the Mediterranean style diet emphasizes a dietary pattern where the main idea is to enjoy a good meal and a good glass of red wine with loved ones in a moderate way.

Researchers of the Mediterranean diet believe that this is more than a diet, it is a lifestyle, in which the way you eat and how you share your meal have health benefits.

Moreover, if we look at the Mediterranean diet pyramid, what is at the bottom is physical activity and social relationships. So, movement and friendship, as well as socialization also play an important role. What is not to like here?

Il Gattopardo Restaurant in Lisbon

With that in mind, Dom Pedro Lisboa Business & Leisure Hotel invite you to try the new menu of the restaurant Il Gattopardo, an Italian restaurant in Lisbon, with a menu inspired by Mediterranean and Italian cuisine.

Located in the iconic Dom Pedro Lisboa, Il Gattopardo restaurant is an invitation to the flavours of Italy, with fresh products, delicious salads, soups, antipasti, pasta, pizza, meat dishes, fish, and Italian desserts. We also have an exquisite selection of Italian and Portuguese wines.

In addition to that, enjoy our terrace, completely renovated and with a stunning view over Lisbon, while sharing unique moments with friends and family. Il Gattopardo is also the perfect choice for business meetings, in a sophisticated but more relaxed atmosphere.

Whether for leisure or business, come and discover the Il Gattopardo restaurant and join us on this journey throughout the flavours of Mediterranean and Italian inspired cuisine.

Diet trends come and go, but the Mediterranean diet stays, exactly because it encourages to eat a variety of foods in moderation whilst enjoying some quality time socializing.

Finally, we can say without any doubts that good food is an incredible and powerful health booster. Whole grains, fruits and vegetables are rich in fiber, which slows down digestion and helps to control sugar levels. On the other hand, monounsaturated fats present in olive oil, nuts and fish can have anti- inflammatory effects, which can help prevent heart disease and many other conditions.

Last but not least, remember to find the right balance, stay and live in a healthy way, and above all share moments with those you love the most.




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