9 Mediterranean Diet Ingredients Dietitians Say They Can’t Live Without
Skip the juice cleanses or detoxes. Your body’s best option lies in eating whole foods—especially those that fit the typical Mediterranean diet.
There’s a reason why it’s been voted the Best Diet Overall by the U.S. News & World Report for several years: Eating Mediterranean has been linked to a longer lifespan and less risk for cardiovascular disease, according to an October 2016 review in BMC Medicine.
“People who eat a Mediterranean-style diet—think Spain, Italy, Greece, Turkey and Morocco—tend to eat more plant-based foods, lots of healthy fats from olive oil and nuts, plenty of seafood, little red meat, modest amounts of dairy and a bit of wine with meals,” explains Julie Upton, M.S., R.D., co-founder of the nutrition news company Appetite for Health in San Francisco. “They skip processed packaged foods and use more natural sugars and dried fruit as sweeteners.”
As a result of all of the above, they have less risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, metabolic syndrome and obesity—plus they live longer, healthier lives.
And bonus: It doesn’t feel like a regular “diet” at all. Think of it more as a lifestyle, adds Samantha Cassetty, M.S., R.D., and advisor to Performance Kitchen.