Mediterranean diet puts focus on lifestyle


Vegetables are a staple in the Mediterranean diet. Shown are white bean and tomato soup, left, and, at top and below, vegetable and garlic calzones. PHOTO BY AARON PIPER

May is International Mediterranean Diet Month and provides an opportunity to spotlight a way of eating that has received some recent publicity.

The Mediterranean diet’s focus is on plant-based foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds. It replaces butter with healthy fats, such as olive and canola oils, and uses herbs and spices instead of salt to flavor foods. Red meat is limited to no more than a few times a month, while fish should be eaten twice a week.

The emphasis of the Mediterranean diet is on whole foods instead of processed, pre-packaged foods typical of what is commonly eaten here in the United States.

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