May is Mediterranean Diet Month

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Happy International Mediterranean Diet Month

A great time to start eating the Med way!

What is Med Month? 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 added 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.

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Celebrate Med Month by trying one of the highlighted recipes below or by visiting and choosing a recipe that you may find interesting. The below links will take you to and help you go Med in May! Recipes:

Mediterranean Tuna Salad

Quinoa Strawberry Salad

Black Bean Salsa

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Dietary Guidelines 2015-2020

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Dominque Simon, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDominque SimonArea Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences - Food- Safety, Health and Nutrition Call Dominque Email Dominque N.C. Cooperative Extension, Franklin County Center
Updated on May 7, 2019
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