What is the Mediterranean Diet?
The Mediterranean Diet is the Best Overall and Easiest to Follow in 2019, according to U.S. News & World Report
In 1993 Oldways created the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid in partnership with the Harvard School of Public Health and the WHO as a healthier alternative to the USDAs original food pyramid. Today, the Mediterranean Diet is more popular than ever, with new research every month documenting its benets, and chefs and home cooks alike embracing Mediterranean ingredients and avors. Starting at the base of the pyramid, youll nd:
How do you put these principles into practice? The4 Week Mediterranean Diet Menu Plan Book(in print and e-book form) takes you through a month of Mediterranean-style eating, day-by-day and meal-by-meal.
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Oldways also oers a wealth of online health information and recipes.Continue reading below to start enjoying good taste and good health with the Mediterranean Diet!
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Learn more about the health benets and the how-to of the traditional Mediterranean Diet, with our Welcome to the Mediterranean Diet brochure. This trifold brochure, available either as a downloadable PDF or in hard copy, includes the 8simple steps above, plus more to introduce you to the Mediterranean Diet.
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Embracing the Med Diet is all about making some simple but profound changes in the way you eat today, tomorrow, and for the rest of your life.
Its likely that many Mediterranean foods are already among your favorites. There are so many choices! Check out our Mediterranean Foods glossary to learn about some of the most popular dishes people living around the Mediterranean Sea make with these ingredients.
Another great resource is our Mediterranean Pantry page, whichlists products fromMediterranean Foods Alliance member companies.
Click on the list of traditional Mediterranean foods below to download a PDF.
Scientists have intensely studied the eating patterns characteristic of the Mediterranean Diet for more than half a century.
Shortly after World War II,Ancel Keysand colleagues (including Paul Dudley White, later President Eisenhowers heart doctor) organized the remarkable Seven Countries Study to examine the hypothesis that Mediterranean-eating patterns contributed directly to improved health outcomes. This long-running study examined the health of almost thirteen thousand middle-aged men in the United States, Japan, Italy, Greece, the Netherlands, Finland, and then-Yugoslavia.
When the data were examined, it was clear that people who ate a diet where fruits and vegetables, grains, beans, and sh were the basis of daily meals were healthiest. Topping the chart were residents of Crete. Even after the deprivations of World War II and in part, perhaps, because of them the cardiovascular health of Crete residents exceeded that of US residents. Researchers attributed the dierences to diet.
Out of this extensive work came an understanding that certain Mediterranean-eating patterns were remarkably connected with good health. From this conclusion emerged the concept of a Mediterranean Diet that could promote lifelong good health.
In subsequent years, hundreds if not thousands of additional studies have added tothe body of scientic evidence supporting the gold standard status of traditional Mediterranean Diet eating patterns. These studies show that eating the Med way may:
Check out our Health Studies page, where we post all the latest research in support of the Mediterranean Diet and other traditional ways of eating.
Todays healthy pasta meals have roots that stretch back to ancient times. Thousands of years ago, people ground wheat, mixed it with water to make a wheat paste, dried it, and then boiled it to go with meals. Todays consumers welcome pasta to their tables for its versatility and convenience, just as nutrition scientists recognize pasta meals for their place in healthy eating patterns, such as the gold standard Mediterranean Diet and the traditional Latin American diet. Read more
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