A lot has been written about the health benefits of following a Mediterranean diet, which comprises the likes of fresh fish and vegetables, olive oil, whole grains, nuts and beans.

Now yet more advantages to eating this sort of diet have been revealed, with the Independent reporting that a number of studies have shown that broadly following a Mediterranean eating plan can improve mobility, boost brain function and reduce the risk of diseases like cancer. It’s also associated with healthy ageing.

The newspaper highlighted what’s known as the MIND diet, which focuses on vegetables, olive oil, seafood and wine. Leafy vegetables, whole grains, berries, beans and poultry are among the key components.

One of the big things to reduce your intake of is processed food, the news provider noted.

Meanwhile, the Daily Mail highlighted a study which found that a Mediterranean diet can also be good for the health of your liver.

According to the newspaper, a study by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University found that patients with cirrhosis benefit from following this kind of eating plan, because the diet “improves gut microbial diversity” and this is beneficial for those suffering from liver disease.

If you’re keen to adopt a more Mediterranean approach to your food, you should invest in high-quality products from the region, such as Spanish olive oil, to get your taste buds tingling and give you an added incentive to eat healthily.

For anyone who’s never really considered following a Mediterranean diet, buying a Spanish food hamper could be a good way to introduce you to a range of produce from the nation that could help get you started on following this kind of diet.