Courtesy of Richard's Whole Foods

Mediterranean Food Pyramid

Posted: 4/30/2006

Posted April 30, 2006

For a dozen years, nutrition experts have talked up the Mediterranean diet as the plan for optimum health.

More a way of eating than a traditional "diet" plan, the Mediterranean diet is based on the eating patterns of the long-lived people of Crete, the rest of Greece and southern Italy circa 1960. In 1994, the Boston-based nutrition education think tank Oldways Preservation & Trust and the Harvard School of Public Health created a Mediterranean diet pyramid, and, over time, its building blocks have become well-known:

Olive oil, a healthy fat, is used as a dressing and a condiment.

Red meat moves from the center of the plate to side-dish status, while poultry and fish consumption increases.

Fruits, vegetables, grains, beans, seeds and nuts take center stage.

Low-fat dairy is OK when consumed in moderation.

Wine can be an occasional part of the meal.

To see the Mediterranean pyramid, go to this site.

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Date: April 27, 2006