Physical activity for at least 30 min daily and water as the main drink are the basis of the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid
. The daily food components include wholegrain cereal products, such as whole-wheat bread, thick groats, brown rice and pasta.
Adherence to the Traditional Healthy Mediterranean Diet Pyramid
(THMDP)  reduces the risk of many noncommunicable diseases [2, 3].
Advising clients about the application of the Mediterranean diet to integrate with their current lifestyles has been made simple with a pictorial depiction of "the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid
This year, Oldways, a Boston-based food and nutrition non-profit, is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the organization's introduction of the Mediterranean Diet and the Med Diet Pyramid
to the U.S.
Also, in the Last Bite, the incorrect anniversary was listed for the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid
. The Mediterranean Diet Pyramid
celebrated its 20th anniversary in January.
In particular, people resulting more informed reported higher consumption of some key foods of the Mediterranean diet pyramid
, such as fruits and fresh fish, and a lower consumption of less healthy food such as animal fats," he said.
In order to help people better understand the principles of the Mediterranean Diet, Oldways, a food issues think tank based in Boston, created the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid
(available at www.oldwayspt.org).
They found that healthy individuals who adhered most closely to the Mediterranean diet (see Mediterranean diet pyramid
, above) were 28 percent less likely to develop MCI, and people with moderate adherence to the diet were 17 percent less likely to develop MCI.
These days the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid
is, in my opinion, the way to go.
See the diet pyramid
below for the overview, and the diet plan drawn from it.
Gifford, pioneer of the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid
, notes of the guidelines in general, "The focus on weight management, physical activity and adequate nutrients and on specific whole foods places the new guidelines in the mainstream good company of the Mediterranean Diet, long acknowledged the 'gold standard' for a healthy living pattern."