I offered some insight into the Mediterranean Diet for this piece by The Thirty:
“The Mediterranean diet is often referred to as the gold standard of diets because of health outcomes associated with following this eating pattern,” says Maya Feller, MS, RD, CDN, CLC, of Maya Feller Nutrition. Nutrition and cognition physician Gabrielle Lyon, DO, of Four Moons Spa encourages people to think of the Mediterranean diet more as a lifestyle than a diet.
“It was initially based on the traditional diet of Crete,” she explains. “It became popularized in the early 1960s when researchers looked at cardiovascular disease of the Crete population and their health status compared to that of the average American.” Now, the Mediterranean diet is recommended as “a healthy way to eat for heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and to promote general health,” notes Sammi Haber, MS, RD, CDN, of Nutrition Works NY.