Oldways Unveils New Mediterranean Diet Pyramid Illustration

BOSTON — Oldways, a non-profit educational organization based here, revealed its new Mediterranean Diet Pyramid (shown), which incorporates Mediterranean diet changes made in November during an international meeting of leading nutritionists. They include the combination of plant foods including all fruits, vegetables, grains (mostly whole), beans, seeds, nuts, olive oil, herbs and spices (a new addition to the pyramid) into a single group.

BOSTON — Oldways, a non-profit educational organization based here, revealed its new Mediterranean Diet Pyramid (shown), which incorporates Mediterranean diet changes made in November during an international meeting of leading nutritionists.

They include the combination of plant foods including all fruits, vegetables, grains (mostly whole), beans, seeds, nuts, olive oil, herbs and spices (a new addition to the pyramid) into a single group. The diet now recommends eating food or foods from this group every meal to achieve maximum health benefits.

Another new addition is the recommendation to eat fish at least twice a week. The new pyramid "celebrates the delicious, varied foods of the Mediterranean region, and is designed to get consumers interested and excited about the delicious and healthy foods of the Mediterranean diet,” according to Oldways.

The Mediterranean way of eating recommends making olive oil the primary source of dietary fat; food from plant sources; low to moderate consumption of fish and poultry weekly; and low to moderate amounts of cheese and yogurt daily. It also supports moderate wine consumption.

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