From Sunflower Farmers Market Nutrition Blog
, By Maya Nahra RD
A new study released Tuesday by the British Medical Journal finally answers the question: What exactly makes the Mediterranean Diet so healthy? Conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health, 23,000 Greek men and women followed the diet principles for 8.5 years as a part of the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) study.
Here's the breakdown... and it's nothing you don't already know: less meat, more fruits and vegetables! More specifically, there were 6 foods labeled as 'major players' in the diet: fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, olive oil, and red wine. Fish and yogurt, oddly, did not seem to make the list. How much you ask?
2 cups of vegetables a day
1.5 cups fruits and nuts together a day
1/4 cup beans a week
2-3 Tbs of olive oil a day
<1 glass of red wine for women and <2 glasses for men a day, with a meal
The take home message is this. Add more plant based foods, fish, good fats, and alcohol sparingly for a long, happy life!