Oldways Debuts Redesigned Med Diet Pyramid

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Oldways Debuts Redesigned Med Diet Pyramid

Based on a high-level international meeting of leading nutrition scientists convened last November by Oldways to review the large number of recent studies expanding support for the healthful Mediterranean Diet, the Boston-based nonprofit educational organization has now introduced a revised version of its Mediterranean Diet Pyramid.

Among the new features:

-- All plant foods have been combined into one group. This change conveys the importance of eating a food or foods from this plant-based group -- fruits, vegetables, grains (mostly whole), beans, seeds, nuts, olive oil, herbs and a new addition -- at every meal to achieve maximum health benefits.

-- The pyramid now recommends eating fish at least twice a week.

-- The illustration has been updated to celebrate the delicious, varied foods of the Mediterranean region, as well as to engage and excite consumers.

For more information, visit www.oldwayspt.org. Additionally, the Mediterranean Foods Alliance (www.mediterraneanmark.org) offers recipes, cooking tips, the latest health information and more.