THE FUSS ABOUT THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET The Mediterranean Diet is nothing new, yet it has been all over the Internet lately. And when a trend like that resurfaces overnight, I can’t help but wonder if it really is worth the attention.
According to the Cardiovascular Institute of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center…it is. “The Mediterranean Diet is a very healthy eating style that has been shown to improve cardiovascular risk factors—even for patients with established heart disorders,” stated the BIDMC on its website.
WHAT IS THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET? Because this is not a new diet, there are more than one version of the Mediterranean Diet depending on the country, regions within the country, and culture that might influence it.
But according to the American Heart Association, the Mediterranean Diet has the main following components:
• High consumption of fruits, vegetables, whole grain breads, and other whole grain cereals, potatoes, beans and legumes, nuts and seeds. • Extra virgin olive oil is an important monounsaturated fat source. • Low to moderate consumption of dairy products, fish, eggs, poultry, and red wine. • Very little red meat.
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