March is National Nutrition Month, a time to reflect on your eating habits and perhaps make some changes towards a healthier lifestyle. But with so many diet trends out there (Keto, Paleo, Whole 30, etc.) it’s hard to know which one is best for you. While we are not experts on the subject, we did decide to explore one of this year's most popular diets and how honey is a perfect fit, so say hello to the Mediterranean Diet!
More of an eating pattern than an actual structured diet, the Mayo Clinic explains that this heart-healthy diet “blends the basics of healthy eating with the traditional flavors and cooking methods of the Mediterranean.”
So what is the story of the Mediterranean diet - its origin, its components, and how did it make its way to the U.S.? Well, interest in this diet began in the 1960s when it was noticed that fewer deaths in Mediterranean countries were caused by coronary heart disease when compared to the U.S. and northern Europe. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Subsequent studies found that the Mediterranean diet is associated with reduced risk factors for cardiovascular disease.” This is likely attributed to the diet’s focus on the consumption of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats. The Mayo Clinic lists the main components as follows:
Now we could all probably stand to add more fruits, vegetables and whole grains to our diets, seeing as a whopping 87% of adults don’t meet the daily recommendations for vegetables, and a surprising three-quarters of people don’t meet the recommendations for fruit each day. But the transition doesn’t have to be daunting, in fact, with honey it can actually be quite easy and delicious! Below we are sharing some of our tastiest tips and delicious recipes that will help you move towards a healthier lifestyle.
Interested in trying out the Mediterranean diet for yourself? Check out these simple tips from the Mayo Clinic.
We want to hear from you! What trending diets have you tried? Are you thinking about making the switch to Mediterranean? Tell us about it all in the comments below!