The Mediterranean way of eating ranks the top diet year after year according to US News and World Report, the global authority in rankings and consumer advice. This type of diet is not a single diet, but a way of eating inspired from the dining patterns of European countries that rely on fresh fruit and vegetables, olive oil, fish, poultry, nuts, beans, and whole grains to make up the main part of their diet, while also reducing consumption of red meat, saturated fats, and sugar.
People who eat the Mediterranean way have a lower risk of obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer. In addition, this way of eating has also been associated with reduced levels of inflammation, a risk factor for stroke and Alzheimer’s disease.
The following are some simple substitutions you can use to turn the Standard American Diet (SAD) into a delicious and nutritious Mediterranean-inspired way of eating.
Content submitted by Janyce Gately MS, RD, LDN, CHC