-Mediterranean Style Diet versus Standard American Diet-

What do you think of when you hear the term “diet”? Many people may think of a diet as a temporary way of eating, usually smaller amounts of food and different foods than they would normally eat (dieting).

Diets that fit this description may include the elimination diet, elemental diet, grapefruit diet, detox diets like juice fasting or master cleanses, the cabbage soup diet or Beverly Hills Diet, to name just a few.

However, the term diet simply refers to what you choose to eat and drink on a daily basis. When we look at different diets, we can see how these eating patterns play a significant role in an individual’s overall health and wellbeing.

Let’s take a look at two popular eating patterns (diets) today…

Mediterranean Style Diet

Do a quick search of the Mediterranean style diet, and you will find thousands of full text, peer-reviewed journals articles on this topic. One such journal article states that the Mediterranean diet includes a high consumption of plant foods (vegetables, fruits, nuts, and legumes), a moderate alcohol intake, fish consumption, and low meat intake.

Of course, there are variations to what might be considered a Mediterranean style diet. However, this type of eating pattern refers to a diet that consists of high intakes of unprocessed, whole foods such as vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes, unrefined grains, greater amounts of monounsaturated fats (like extra virgin olive oil) to saturated fats (like animal fat), a moderate intake o