A Heart-Healthy Option

When you're looking for a diet that tastes good and is good for you, the Mediterranean Diet fits the bill. This heart-healthy eating plan combines all the basics of healthy eating, with a bit of Mediterranean flair - including some flavorful olives, of course.

The Mediterranean Diet was created by Oldways Mediterranean Food Alliance (MFA), a widely respected non-profit organization dedicated to fostering good nutrition. It was formed in response to the early 90's "no fat" diets. Oldways introduced the concept of "good" fats, or mono-unsaturated and poly-unsaturated fats, using olive oil as a prime example. Lindsay is a proud member of the MFA.

In 2007, Oldways created a packaging symbol designed to help shoppers quickly identify healthy Mediterranean Diet products - Med Mark. As the MFA states: "Every product that bears the Med Mark symbol meets nutrition criteria based on findings from Ancel Keys' Famous Seven Countries Study, a hallmark study for the Mediterranean Diet. The Criteria are also consistent with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) definition of 'healthy'."

Like most healthy diets, the Mediterranean Diet includes fruits, vegetables, fish and whole grains, while limiting unhealthy fats. Here are a few basic rules to follow: