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Mediterranean Diet: The World's Healthiest Diet?

By Rachel Johnson, Ph.D, M.P.H., R.D., "The World's Healthiest Diet?," September/October 2008

Research shows that eating like a Mediterranean is good for your waist as well as your heart.


READER'S COMMENT:
"'Eating Mediterranean' doesn't necessarily mean flavoring everything with rosemary and covering it in tomato sauce. As long as the basics are there (lots of legumes, vegetables and whole grains, limited meat, healthy fats, fish), you can...
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I lived in Europe for 4 yrs. They eat alot of meat. I don't know where these columnists go but southern Europeans eat alot of lamb,veal,and pork. They just eat it in smaller portions at every meal. It is however, the most fulfilling diet you can live with.

Richard, Fontana, CA

Anonymous

09/01/2009 - 4:11pm

I believe the columist is right...I studied Nutrition and Dietetics a the University level years ago.The
CHOICES avaiable in the Mediterranean countries ARE healthier. Choosing to eat saturated fat containing foods is possible anywhere in the world....But if the eating habits in these countries are superior then the facts will prove this in medical statistics i.e. Prevelence of Diabetes 2 High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol, Heart Attack, It seems this is the point which the columist was trying to educate her readers.

chezshea

01/19/2012 - 5:34pm

'Eating Mediterranean' doesn't necessarily mean flavoring everything with rosemary and covering it in tomato sauce. As long as the basics are there (lots of legumes, vegetables and whole grains, limited meat, healthy fats, fish), you can use any seasonings you like. I happen to be very fond of Indian and Thai food, so I use a lot of gram masala, ginger, cashews, peanuts, snow and sugar snap peas, and lemongrass - all with brown rice, of course. And I make great bean-and-bulgar chili and lentil-based sloppy Joes, and other Southwestern/Tex-Mex/Mexican-American dishes. And all without getting out of the 'Mediterranean' eating plan.

Anonymous

04/24/2014 - 3:15pm



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