The Mediterranean Diet

Bow tie pasta with cheeries lettuce and pesto sauceThe Mediterranean Diet is a very popular diet because of the great health benefits it provides. It is prevalent in countries like Italy and Greece where heart disease, obesity and cancer are lower than those in the United Stated. Healthy fats play a vital role in our overall health. The reality is that not all fat in our diet is bad.

Try adding olive oil to your diet. Some benefits are: lower blood pressure, reduced risk of cardiovascular events, keeps arteries flexible, high in polyphenols and vitamin E (antioxidants) and fat soluble vitamins like A, D, E and K are better absorbed.

Some great ways to incorporate olive oil into your diet are: use in place of salad dressing, or use in place of canola oil when cooking items in a skillet over low or medium heat. PRO TIP – when purchasing olive oil don’t use the best by date but use the “harvest” date.

Good fat almost sounds like an oxymoron. However, I assure you it is not. Experiment this week by adding in other good fats to your diet. Curious? Try some of these: Real butter, Tallow (rendered form of mutton or beef fat stored at room temperature), Ghee (look for grass fed), Palm Oil, Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Avocado Oil, Fish Oil, Eggs.

Try a few Mediterranean Diet recipes this week. I think you will be pleasantly surprised with the outcome. They are quick, easy, and delicious.