If you’re trying to eat healthy, there’s a good chance you’ve come across (or tried) the Mediterranean diet. Nutrition experts consistently rank the Mediterranean diet among the best eating patterns, and it’s well recognized for its role in heart health. But did you know this colorful and plant-packed diet also boasts powerful cancer-preventive benefits?
Most research on this diet focuses on the heart health benefits, but a few studies have looked at whether the Mediterranean diet might reduce cancer risk. Because the diet focuses on plant foods, fish, moderate amounts of dairy and limited red meat, it mirrors much of what we know about a diet that reduces cancer risk. So far, there are some promising results, but more research is needed to know if there is a clear link.
For now, the good news is you can easily shape your cancer-protective New American Plate with a delicious array of foods commonly found in the Mediterranean diet.
The traditional Mediterranean diet is drawn from Greece, Italy and its neighbors. But other cuisines have also influenced today’s Mediterranean diet. There are plenty of familiar foods in this diet, but you’ll also discover some surprising additions to boost flavor, texture and variety.
Try these delicious recipes to help create a cancer-fighting, Mediterranean-inspired New American Plate:
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