October 4, 2022
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9 Mediterranean Diet Ingredients Dietitians Say They Can’t Live Without

By on January 6, 2021 0 207 Views

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.

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