May Is #MedMonth

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May is International Mediterranean Diet Month (aka Med Month). This month-long celebration creates awareness of the delicious foods and wide-ranging health benefits associated with the Mediterranean way of eating and living. The Med way is simple, delicious and satisfying. It reflects a way of eating that is traditional in the countries that surround the Mediterranean Sea and includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish, nuts, seeds, and olive oil and limits highly processed foods and Benefits of eating the med wayadded sugar. The Mediterranean diet has been extensively studied and is associated with promoting health and decreasing the risk of many chronic diseases including some forms of cancer, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. As such, the healthy Mediterranean-style eating pattern is recommended around the world, including in the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Learn more by visiting the Med instead of Meds website and exploring tips and recipes for eating the Med way. #MedMonth

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Photo of Dr. Sarah KirbyDr. Sarah KirbyState Program Leader for Family & Consumer Sciences & Professor (919) 515-9154 sarah_kirby@ncsu.eduAgricultural and Human Sciences - NC State University

Contributing Specialist

Photo of Dr. Carolyn DunnDr. Carolyn DunnDepartment Head, Professor and Nutrition Specialist (919) 515-9142 carolyn_dunn@ncsu.eduAgricultural and Human Sciences - NC State University
Updated on May 11, 2018
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