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The advice of an anti ageing food expert may be just what you need to lose weight and improve your health, but generic diets are no match for one personalised just for you. For example, the much feted Mediterranean diet might have caught your attention in recent months, but there are few things you need to consider. Will it suit your body, your budget or your lifestyle?

Consider this recent article from the Telegraph about the diet – which makes a good point about how expert diet advice can be diluted through only a vague adoption of the rules of it, heard second-hand rather than from the expert themselves.

The Mediterranean diet consists of eating lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as focusing on nuts, fish and olive oil.

While it’s true that researchers did find that the sticking to the Mediterranean plan reduced the likelihood of chronic heart diseases by 15 per cent, this was actually on true of households which earned over £35,000 a year.

Dr Marialaura Bonaccio, a researcher at the Department of Epidemiology and Prevention at the Neurological Mediterranean Institute, explained why two people from different social backgrounds could be eating the same diet but not receiving the same benefits: “These substantial differences in consuming products belonging to Mediterranean diet lead us to think that quality of foods may be as important for health as quantity and frequency of intake”.

That is – the less money you have, the less good quality food products you can afford, meaning the food may be lower in antioxidants, polyphenols and higher in pesticides.

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