RODALE NEWS, EMMAUS, PA—It’s all about the olive oil, vegetables, and wine, according to a new study published in the British Medical Journal. The study, which followed Greek men and women for about 9 years, found that people who had a higher compliance with the standard Mediterranean diet (lots of fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, fish, and olive oil, and less meat and dairy) were more likely to outlive those on a more Westernized diet. Ironically for an eating style named after a sea, the biggest impact on longevity wasn’t boosting fish intake; it was moderating alcohol consumption and increasing intake of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and olive oil.
Now that summer is in full swing and Mediterranean foods are finally appearing at farmer’s markets across the country, you should give the diet a try. Here’s a day’s worth of recipes to get you started.