International Mediterranean Diet Month

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May is International Mediterranean Diet Month! The world of diet and nutrition can often offer confusing and conflicting information. When it comes to your health and wellness, it’s important to choose the information that is supported by sound research with promising results. The Mediterranean Diet has been highly researched and is supported by doctors and nutritionists around the globe. In fact, outcomes on the benefits of eating a Mediterranean Diet have been so strong, that a group of nutrition and health professionals at NC State University designed a program entitled Med Instead of Meds. The program provides nutrition principles based on a Mediterranean way of eating that includes choosing healthier proteins and fats, eating more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and seeds, and eating less processed foods and added sugars.

Did you know that eating the Med Way can:

  • Decrease the risk of some forms of cancer
  • Is more effective than a low-fat diet for weight loss in overweight and obese individuals
  • Protects against cognitive decline by protecting the small blood vessels in the brain
  • May improve eye health including decreasing the risk of macular degeneration
  • Decreases the risk of Type 2 diabetes
  • Can help manage blood pressure
  • Can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease as much as 30-60%

For more information visit Med Instead of Meds.

Written By

Kim Terrell, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionKim TerrellExtension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences Call Kim Email Kim N.C. Cooperative Extension, Macon County Center
Updated on May 13, 2021
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