The Mediterranean way of eating is one of the healthiest in the world. It includes lots of fruits and vegetables, healthful fats like olive and canola oil, whole grains, fish, seafood, herbs and spices, and some lean meat.
This style of eating is not about cutting calories and restricting certain foods, as many popular diet trends in America today emphasize. The Med Way is a way of life that includes enjoying a wide variety of whole, nourishing foods with friends and family, and practicing an active lifestyle. Eating the Med Way doesnâ€™t have to be expensive or complicated, and you donâ€™t have to buy only fresh fruits and vegetables â€“ canned and frozen will work and they are all good!
Studies show that eating and living the Med Way can reduce your risk of developing certain diseases, including Alzheimerâ€™s disease, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and some types of cancer. Other benefits include lower blood pressure and weight loss, and improved eye health by protecting against macular degeneration.
Are you ready to learn more about eating the Mediterranean way?
Sharolyn Flaming Jackson is a Family and Consumer Sciences Specialist and Walk Kansas coordinator at K-State Research and Extension.