Mediterranean Diet 101: A Primer on Seafood

Happy International Mediterranean Diet Month, seafoodies! We have been fans of the Mediterranean Diet for a long time and are happy to join in the celebration of National Mediterranean Month.  Today we are going to provide a little primer on how seafood fits into the Mediterranean Diet. It all started in the 1980s when researchers noticed the tie between health, longevity and diet in people who lived in countries along the Mediterranean Sea—like Italy, Greece and Spain. People in these regions were not limiting their diets, and they were mostly consuming whole foods that contained heathy fats and fresh ingredients—and that included seafood. Eventually, the Mediterranean way of eating became a recommended “diet” in the United States. It’s no coincidence that the recommendation for seafood in the Mediterranean Diet is the same as the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Both suggest having at least 2 to 3 servings of seafood weekly. This is because seafood is such an excellent nutrient source in supplying your body with lean protein, Seafood that is rich in heart-healthy omega 3s is commonly consumed in most Mediterranean-style eating patterns. Inspired to give the Mediterranean-style diet a go? Include a variety of seafood such as clams, crab, flounder, […]

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