Why you should celebrate International Mediterranean Diet Month

Buying produce in Positano on the Amalfi Coast

What more can you ask for: delicious and nutritious? Yes, that’s the Mediterranean diet. It’s a feast for the senses while at the same time providing health benefits from head to toe. It’s International Mediterranean Diet Month and there’s no better time to incorporate this eating style into your everyday life.

This month marks the 25 anniversary of the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid – developed by Oldways in partnership with the Harvard School of Public Health and the World Health Organization. And through this time, a bounty of research continues to show how beneficial the Mediterranean diet really is. It seems as though there’s new research on a weekly basis showing a wide variety of health perks. It’s not a fad diet or an eating style that’s a flash in the pan. It’s not about protein bars or shakes or ultra-processed foods. It’s a traditional diet based on real food that has offered culinary pleasures for centuries while being associated with good health and longevity.

It’s also interesting to note that the US News & World Report ranked the Mediterranean Diet as the #1 easiest diet to follow.

Just check out the list of benefits to both human and planetary health in this infographic produced by Oldways.


Throughout the month, I’ll be providing tips, recipes and links to help you bring the Mediterranean home to you. Stay tuned!

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Categories: Nutrition News, Whole Foods

Author:Rosie Schwartz

Rosie Schwartz is a Toronto-based consulting dietitian and writer.

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2 Comments on “Why you should celebrate International Mediterranean Diet Month”

  1. Dorothy Dobson
    May 3, 2018 at 6:02 pm #

    Rosie – I love the Mediterranean Diet, except for the fish and seafood. I am concerned about overfishing, fish from contaminated water, farmed seafood. Do you have any recent data on the safety of eating more fish and seafood?

    • May 3, 2018 at 7:26 pm #

      Thanks for your comment and question, Dorothy. I am planning to do a post on the Mediterranean diet and fish in the coming weeks (you read my mind!).

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