To assessment the participants' knowledge about the MedDiet were applied questions based on nutritional recommendations for health promotion (Mediterranean diet pyramid
and a 14-item MedDiet assessment tool) [15,17].
Adherence to the Traditional Healthy Mediterranean Diet Pyramid
(THMDP)  reduces the risk of many noncommunicable diseases [2, 3].
Advising clients about the application of the Mediterranean diet to integrate with their current lifestyles has been made simple with a pictorial depiction of "the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid
Also, in the Last Bite, the incorrect anniversary was listed for the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid
. The Mediterranean Diet Pyramid
celebrated its 20th anniversary in January.
In particular, people resulting more informed reported higher consumption of some key foods of the Mediterranean diet pyramid
, such as fruits and fresh fish, and a lower consumption of less healthy food such as animal fats," he said.
Oldways continues its outreach to Hispanic consumers with the advent of Latino Nutrition Month and, with a little help from McCormick, is highlighting spices as the latest addition to the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid
, while Infant nutrition experts Abbott and Beech-Nut have banded together to help new parents cope through an information-sharing arrangement on their respective Web sites.All this marketing creativity makes one wonder how the Nutrient-Rich Foods Index -- yet another system by which consumers are expected to figure out how to eat for optimal wellness -- will be promoted when it finally makes its official debut in the near future.
In order to help people better understand the principles of the Mediterranean Diet, Oldways, a food issues think tank based in Boston, created the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid
(available at www.oldwayspt.org).
They found that healthy individuals who adhered most closely to the Mediterranean diet (see Mediterranean diet pyramid
, above) were 28 percent less likely to develop MCI, and people with moderate adherence to the diet were 17 percent less likely to develop MCI.
These days the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid
is, in my opinion, the way to go.
"The Mediterranean Diet pyramid
differs from the USDAfood pyramid because we look at protein differently," explains Nicki Heverling, a registered dietician and program manager of Boston-based Oldway's Med Mark initiative and Mediterranean Foods Alliance.
Gifford, pioneer of the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid
, notes of the guidelines in general, "The focus on weight management, physical activity and adequate nutrients and on specific whole foods places the new guidelines in the mainstream good company of the Mediterranean Diet, long acknowledged the 'gold standard' for a healthy living pattern."