What is the Mediterranean diet?
Maybe you’ve heard of the Mediterranean Diet and you want to know more? In the 1960s, researchers noticed that there were significantly fewer deaths from heart disease in Mediterranean countries than in the U.S. and northern Europe. One of the more likely causes for this inequality is the difference in our dietary habits.
- The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends the Mediterranean Diet as a healthy eating plan to promote health and prevent chronic disease.
- The World Health Organization considers it a healthy and sustainable dietary pattern.
- U. S. News and World Report lists it as one of the best diets year after year in their annual ranking by experts of popular diets. This is based on how healthy the diets are and how easy they are to follow.
- The American Heart Association says that a Mediterranean-style diet can help you achieve their recommendations for a healthy dietary pattern. They note, too, that this diet is low in sodium, highly processed foods, refined carbohydrates, saturated fats and fatty and processed meats so the risk of stroke, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure is reduced. It is also low in added sugar.