National Mediterranean Diet Month
Even though May is known as International Mediterranean Diet Month, it’s also recognized as National Mediterranean Diet Month in the U.S. Regardless of what a person calls this month, the observance is the same. It’s a time for people to try out a more Mediterranean diet. What is a Mediterranean diet?
Although there are no concrete rules for this type of diet, most experts agree that it includes a diet full of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, seafood, and heart-healthy fats. In study after study, this diet has been shown to promote heart health, regulate blood sugar levels, and support a person’s brain function.
The History Of International Mediterranean Diet Month
At this time, we’re unable to locate who invented this holiday month or when it was established. Since the push for a Mediterranean diet didn’t become popular until the 1990s, we assume that this month was created during that time or shortly thereafter. Regardless of when or why this month was created, one thing is for certain: the Mediterranean diet is one of the healthiest diets that a person can adopt.
Facts About The Mediterranean Diet
Since this month is dedicated to this particular diet, we thought it would be wise to do a little more research about it. What we uncovered were the following facts. We think that these facts will give everyone the information they need to decide whether this diet is right for them.
- This diet is consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the best overall diet in the world.
- The Mediterranean Diet helps reduce the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and premature death.
- There are a variety of different variations of this diet that people may want to try for variety.
- Vegetables are a main part of the Mediterranean Diet.
- Olive oil is used in this diet. It’s said that olive oil reduces inflammation and improves blood sugar levels.
- On this diet, people usually eat fish and poultry 3-5 times a week.
- Eggs can be eaten on a daily basis on this diet.
- The Mediterranean Diet has been shown to reduce a woman’s risk of dying from a stroke by up to 20%.
- Scientists believe that the Mediterranean Diet may help prevent cognitive decline.
Observing International Mediterranean Diet Month
Obviously, the best way to observe this month is by taking a good hard look at your current diet and determining whether the Mediterranean Diet is the right diet for you. For many people, it is, and it’s the diet that’s most recommended by doctors.
Of course, a change in diet is a conversation that people should have with their healthcare provider to determine if it’s right for them. While you’re waiting to have that conversation, take a moment to spread the word about it using the hashtag #MediterraneanDietMonth on social media.