If you missed the blog yesterday on the research behind the Mediterranean diet, click here to check it out and watch the short informative video. Now that you know a little more about the science behind why the Mediterranean diet is good for you, it is time to dig deeper into what makes up the Mediterranean diet and how to transition to this style of eating.
Structure of the Mediterranean Diet
The Mediterranean diet emphasizes plant-based foods, including fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and whole grains. Food is flavored with olive oil, herbs, and spices and allows a small amount of red wine if desired. The diet encourages fish and seafood as the secondary sources of protein, with poultry, eggs, cheese and yogurt eaten less frequently. Finally, red meat and sweets should be limited to no more than a few times each week.
Check out this great article from the Mayo Clinic detailing how each of the foods in the Mediterranean Diet are important for health and how to begin making changes to transition from your traditional diet to the brain healthy Mediterranean Diet. You too can take steps to reduce your risk for Alzheimer’s one forkful at a time.