November 2009 Issue

Looking for the Mark of the Mediterranean Diet

You donít have to live on a Greek island to appreciate the health benefits of a Mediterranean diet. After all, well publicized research links eating the Mediterranean way with a number of positive effects, including lengthened life, anti-cancer and anti-depression properties, weight management, protection against Alzheimerís disease, improved symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, and decreased risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol and diabetes. And donít forget that Mediterranean cuisine is more than just healthyóitís delicious. With so many good reasons to dive into Mediterranean food, whatís keeping you from taking the plunge? For many people, the question is simple: "How do I get started?" Contrary to what you might think, the Mediterranean diet is not an exotic way of eating foods, or a "diet" in the sense of something you might go "on" or "off". Instead, consider the Mediterranean diet as a lifestyle followed by residents of the countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea (Egypt, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, Algeria, Greece, Albania, Israel, Spain, Italy, France, Croatia, Lebanon, Libya and Malta).

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