March is National Nutrition Month, and with so much information in the news about trending diets, you may be wondering, “what’s all the hype around the Mediterranean diet?” Incorporating a variety of nutritious and balanced foods is important to sustaining a healthy lifestyle.
First, let’s define what it means to incorporate more healthy foods into your diet. This means getting a better balance between animal products and fruits, vegetables, and whole grains with each meal.
A recent study published in the National Institute of Health found that people who maintained a Mediterranean diet rich in fish, nuts, vegetables, and fruit were less likely to develop high-risk cardiovascular disease and other chronic diseases, compared to those who did not maintain a Mediterranean diet.
Check out the diet review from the Harvard School of Public Health to learn what it is, how it works, and the most current research on its benefits.
The study found that better diet quality at midlife seems to be strongly linked to greater health and well-being in persons surviving to older ages.
Being mindful of having a healthy ratio of fruits, vegetables, and proteins can create a more wholesome meal and ultimately can aid in overall health and wellness.
Research has also shown that implementing a range of healthy foods is one of the best ways to prevent, and treat, chronic diseases. If you’re interested in finding balance in your diet, reach out to your Marathon Health provider to learn more about the Mediterranean diet and different ways you can start to incorporate this into your life. Your future self will thank you!