Health experts tell us that there is no one diet that is called the “Mediterranean Diet,” but there are indeed several components in the eating styles of the people in countries such as Greece, Italy and Syria that promote longer and healthier lives.

Rascal House looks forward to adding many healthy options to our menu in the near future.  Our recent FAGE Yogurt is a delicious, creamy treat that tastes how yogurt is supposed to taste!  Our hummus platter is another new item which makes us proud.  Did you know that hummus is a complete protein?

Below is an excerpt from the American Heart Association website with some additional information on what makes a Mediterranean Diet so unique and beneficial:

Mediterranean Diet

What is the “Mediterranean” diet?There’s no one “Mediterranean” diet. At least 16 countries border the Mediterranean Sea. Diets vary between these countries and also between regions within a country. Many differences in culture, ethnic background, religion, economy and agricultural production result in different diets. But the common Mediterranean dietary pattern has these characteristics:

  • high consumption of fruits, vegetables, bread and other cereals, potatoes, beans, nuts and seeds
  • olive oil is an important monounsaturated fat source
  • dairy products, fish and poultry are consumed in low to moderate amounts, and little red meat is eaten
  • eggs are consumed zero to four times a week
  • wine is consumed in low to moderate amounts

Does a Mediterranean-style diet follow American Heart Association dietary recommendations?

Mediterranean-style diets are often close to our dietary recommendations, but they don’t follow them exactly. In general, the diets of Mediterranean peoples contain a relatively high percentage of calories from fat. This is thought to contribute to the increasing obesity in these countries, which is becoming a concern.

People who follow the average Mediterranean diet eat less saturated fat than those who eat the average American diet. In fact, saturated fat consumption is well within our dietary guidelines.

More than half the fat calories in a Mediterranean diet come from monounsaturated fats (mainly from olive oil). Monounsaturated fat doesn’t raise blood cholesterol levels the way saturated fat does.

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