The Mediterranean Diet Pyramid Turns 30...
May is Mediterranean Diet Month... but 2023 also marks the 30th anniversary of the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid. Created in 1993 by Oldways, a nonprofit food and nutrition organization, the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid is a visual representation of the traditional dietary patterns of countries in the Mediterranean region. The pyramid emphasizes the importance of consuming a variety of whole, minimally processed foods, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and legumes, as well as healthy fats like olive oil and fatty fish.
Over the past 30 years, the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid has become a widely recognized and respected tool for promoting healthy eating habits. It has been translated into multiple languages and used in nutrition education programs around the world. The pyramid has also been updated over the years to reflect the latest research on nutrition and health.
As we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid and Mediterranean Diet Month, it's a great time to reflect on the importance of healthy eating and to take steps to improve our own diets. By following the principles of the Mediterranean diet and incorporating more whole, plant-based foods into our meals, we can improve our health, reduce our risk of chronic diseases, and enjoy delicious, satisfying meals at the same time.
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