Overview of the Mediterranean Diet

Overview of the Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean diet, a geographically focused diet (seacoast-mountains-deserts) is focused on plant-based foods that have become popular throughout the United States and the world.

The man behind the diet is cardiovascular professor Ancel Keys who practiced this beloved diet until the age of 100. From his discovery, there have been many ideas around the Mediterranean Diet. This lifestyle diet originates from several countries; Italy, Greece, Morocco, Spain, Croatia, and Turkey. 

First, the Mediterranean diet is built on a pyramid starting at the base with daily physical activity along with food that would be consumed daily. According to the Mediterranean diet, one should have whole grains, vegetables, beans, nuts, fruits, and olive oil. On a daily to weekly basis, one should include fish, poultry, dairy, cheese, eggs and red wine, and on occasion can enjoy red meat and sweets. This diet is linked to a longer life, andThe United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization concluded that the “populations that follow the Mediterranean diet pattern show a 50% lower rate of cardiovascular mortality due to cardiovascular disease and show the highest longevity.” 

What makes this diet special is the idea around eating wholesome, freshly picked, locally grown, and home-cooked food. In the Bay Area, we are fortunate to have large agricultural areas practically in our backyards, which makes it easier for us to consume fresh, locally sourced produce. When you subscribe to Sigona’s Home Deliveries and shop at your local farmers market, you’re not only supporting local businesses but supporting farmers in California, therefore living by the traditional Mediterranean diet ways. Try incorporating the Mediterranean diet into your life and see the benefits for yourself!