The Mediterranean Diet

Pasta Meals & the Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean Diet is characterized by an abundant variety of plant foods, including fruits, vegetables, breads, pasta, cereals, whole grains, potatoes, beans, lentils, nuts, and seeds. Olive oil is the principle source of fat in this diet, and fish, especially fatty fish is a mainstay. Dairy products (mostly cheese and yogurt) and poultry are eaten in low to moderate amounts, and eggs (as many as four) often appear on the weekly menu. Red meat is eaten only on occasion – a few times a month – and wine, although consumed regularly, is normally eaten with food and in modest amounts (no more than a small glass or two). Pasta meals are central to the Mediterranean Diet, not only because they are tasty, inexpensive, and easy meals to prepare, but also because they are the perfect way to highlight and complement many of the other healthy foods in this diet. The New England Journal of Medicine reported that the Mediterranean Diet reduces the risk of death from heart disease and cancer.

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USDA Dietary Guidelines

The Mediterranean Diet is recommended by the USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans as a healthy diet. Research shows following a Mediterranean diet can reduce your risk of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and all-cause mortality.  In fact, not only will you live longer but you might also live healthier too.

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