Fortunately for us, foods of other cultures are readily available these days, so why not try out a Mediterranean Diet?
The main differences between the Mediterranean Diet and what the Canada Food Guide recommends are:
-Having a glass of wine with dinner
-Using olive oil as the main source of fat
-Less meat servings
Animal products are consumed a few times per week, with red meat as an exception – only a few times per month. The main diet focus is plenty of fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, with wine in moderation during meals, and lunch being the main meal of the day. (See the diet pyramid below.)
According to the New England Journal of Medicine’s 2008 study – following a Mediterranean diet was just as effective for weight loss as a low-carb diet. As a result, longer life expectancy, less chance of heart disease, protection against type 2 diabetes, with lowering of blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
So tonight for dinner – veggie lasagne and a bottle o’ red!