Hello Loyal Soup People! The results are in! According to the US News & World Report, the Mediterranean-Style has been ranked the best among forty diets reviewed by health experts. The reason is quite simple – it isn’t really a “diet.” The Mediterranean Diet (MD) is more of a lifestyle. Rather than encouraging people to count calories and monitor every morsel of food eaten, the Mediterranean approach (as I like to call it) focuses on overall wellness and a healthy approach to food.
MD is extremely focused on nutrient-packed, plant-focused meals and snacks. It encourages eaters to consume at least seven servings of fruits and vegetables a day, along with whole grains, healthy fats, and legumes. Followers are encouraged to avoid added sugar, butter, and other saturated fats.
The experts say that this diet is excellent for both heart health and weight loss. In fact, according to a British Study published in 2016, 6% of all heart disease cases may be prevented by simply adhering to the Mediterranean Diet!
This approach to eating incorporates much of what I’ve been writing about in this column for many years. Fill your plate with lots of seasonal vegetables, legumes, whole grains, and fats. Snack on nuts and avocado toast instead of chips and pretzels. Choose water over soda. The evidence keeps pouring in that this style of eating can literally save your life!
*NOTE – Soupermom is not a licensed dietitian, doctor, personal trainer, or anything like that. She’s just extremely knowledgeable about healthy living!! But if you slip and fall while taking her advice, it is not her fault!