Nov 12 25 Cheshvan Torah Portion. The Jewish General Hospital in Montreal offered a series of six lectures on how to live well with various ailments such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer. Most doctors addressed the issue of nutrition after the disease was contracted, and the consensus was that the most effective diet for most ailments is the Mediterranean diet. I suggest that we follow this diet while healthy, as prevention before the onset of any serious ailment. As the saying goes “one ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. The Mediterranean diet is the traditional cooking style of countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea. It is characterized by high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, high fiber foods, low intakes of saturated fats and a high intake of mono-saturated fats, such as olive oil and nuts. Fish is favored more often than meat because of its high source of omega-3s. High protein options like lentils, beans and other legumes are also an important part of this diet. The Mediterranean diet incorporates the basics of healthy eating — plus a splash of flavorful olive oil and perhaps a glass of red wine — among other components.
The Mediterranean diet took top billing on U. News and World Report’s Best Diet ranking. It’s time to rev up your menu. With a new year upon us, your fitness, weight loss and overall health goals have likely taken a front seat this week. So allow us to provide you with another reason to make your resolutions stick: U. News and World Report just ranked the Mediterranean diet No. The Mediterranean diet is an eating pattern marked by lean proteins, fresh fruits, vegetables and fatty fish for meals that are heart-healthy as well as filling. The diet also took the top spot in several subcategories — including best diet for healthy eating, best plant-based diet, best diet for diabetes and easiest diet to follow. Fans of our Israeli Kitchen channel are aware how fantastic this diet is, and why. We’ve been singing its praises in the form of eye-opening research studies, numerous meal ideas and detailed how-tos for those who are curious about the diet and its benefits. So you might say we’ve got some authority over this particular topic. Between the myriad coverage of the diet and our dependable expertise, it’s quite clear that this is the way to go if your goal is to get healthy in
My trip to Israel for a nutrition conference was a great opportunity to promote the Mediterranean diet but also to view the diet from another perspective. During this conference, I was pleasantly surprised to see plenty of healthy food. The companies were basically promoting the food of the land which in the words of a fellow Israeli dietitian are functional foods in their natural state. Meat was often the main course but the servings size was modest, and fruit was always served for dessert along with some phyllo based sweets. Olive oil is present in the cuisine, but from discussions I had with Israeli dietitians as well as representatives from olive oil companies it appears that apart from olive oil, other vegetable oils are used or even a mixture of oils such as canola with olive oil. I was a bit disappointed to see only a tiny section of a large super market dedicated to olive oil. But the good news is that olive oil use is increasing. As a Greek tasting all these foods, I was reminded of the similarities that exist amoung the cuisines of Mediterranean countries and how these cuisines influence one another. The tastes of many of the foods were not foreign to me as many ingredients are common in the Greek cuisine, such as eggplant, sesame, pites, yogurt and phyllo pastries.