The Mediterranean diet continues to grow in popularity. Although termed a “diet,” it is more an eating style, with an emphasis on healthful high antioxidant-, fiber-rich ingredients such as fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains and healthier fats derived from olive oil, nuts, and seafood. Not only are consumers driven towards this flavorful and freshly prepared cuisine, but growing research on its numerous health benefits has given it precedence in the scientific community, as well.
For years, respected health organizations such as the American Diabetes Association and the American Heart Association have supported the Mediterranean Diet for its emphasis on incorporating variety into the diet rather than restrictions, and a panel of physicians and nutritionists ranked it this year’s top plant-based diet and third best diet overall in the U.S. News & World Report Best Diets 2014. Read More(02/17/2014)