Mediterranean Diet Month is celebrated during May. The month shines a spotlight on the fabulous flavors and accessible and affordable ingredients that make up the famous Mediterranean diet. It also showcases the health benefits of Mediterranean foods.
The Mediterranean diet has its root in the food traditions of the countries located on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea such as Greece, Crete and southern Italy. It may include a plateful of pasta with grilled aubergines, tomato sauce, feta cheese, and a splash of olive oil enjoyed with focaccia bread and a glass of red wine. Meals are fresh, light and bursting with flavor.
The Mediterranean diet features plenty of fruits and vegetables, bread, potatoes, pasta, rice, milk and dairy foods. The diet also includes meat, fish, eggs, beans and other sources of non-dairy protein. Olive oil and wine are regular features of the diet.
Mediterranean meals use whole grains that are low in unhealthy trans fats. Bread is typically dipped in olive oil. Healthy fats in the form of nuts are included in the diet. Many people consider the diet to be among the healthiest in the world.
Despite the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet, people with allergies should use caution before partaking. One popular meal form the region is paella. Paella uses chorizo, which contains the common allergens of milk and gluten. Paella is also heavy on seafood such as squid, clams and prawns. People with seafood allergies may react with irritating or life-threatening symptoms. The wine that is a common feature of the Mediterranean diet contains sulfites, which may also trigger allergic reactions. Pasta dishes such as lasagna contain dairy allergens such as milk, cream and butter.
If you find that your food allergies are interfering with your enjoyment of life, talk to your Arizona allergy doctor about food allergy treatment.