Is the Mediterranean Diet for You?

The Mediterranean diet can help protect you from heart disease and cancer. It can contribute to healthier aging and increase longevity, even when started later in life. It’s a diet rich in fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals.
Obviously a very healthy way to eat!

Just keep a few things in mind:

The parts work together as a whole. Research has shown that the Mediterranean diet works to reduce disease when the various elements are combined. It’s true that each component of the diet is good. But you can’t just pick one or two things that appeal to you, ignore the rest and expect to get terrific results.

Don’t rule out foods from other cultures. Asian soy foods and greens are healthy and delicious. From South America we have the nutritious combination of beans and whole grains. India gives us an array of legumes and spiced vegetables, and from the Middle East, chick peas, fava beans and techina all contribute to a healthy diet. Choose the best from your favorite cuisines.

It’s about life-style, not just diet. Physical activity is essential! (Take a look at the base of the Mediterranean diet pyramid above.) So is portion control. And thoughtful, relaxed eating is part of any healthy-eating plan. What’s important is that you eat good-for-you foods that work best for you and your family.

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Chana Rubin, RD
Food for the Soul

Traditional Jewish Wisdom for Healthy Eating
By Chana Rubin, RD

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