Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Modified Mediterranean Diet

Clinical Nutritionist, Tom Mantos is a good friend of mine and has been for quite some time. There are few people that I know - wait - correction, there is NO ONE that I know that knows more than he does when it comes to nutrition. One of the best things about Tom is he isn't just a text-book kind of guy (although he is very well versed in his knowledge base) - he's a hands on, experienced nutritionist that found his life's work in helping people to get healthy. Suffice it to say that Tom has taught me pretty much all I know about the field of nutrition, so when Tom recommends something, I tend to listen.

For years Tom has been touting what he refers to as the "Modified Mediterranean Diet" (MMD). The Mediterranean Diet is one that is high in legumes, nuts and seeds, healthy and essential fats, grains, fresh fruits and vegetables while keeping items such as dairy, fish, poultry and eggs towards the middle of the pyramid and fats and sugars and red meat way at the peak. The MMD not only bases it's food selection on the above mentioned but also takes the Glycemic Index (GI) into account. The glycemic index takes the impact foods (carbohydrates) have on blood glucose (sugar) levels. A number of 100 is assigned to glucose (a simple sugar) and all other foods are rated accordingly on how they impact blood sugar levels. By combining these two methods (MMD and the GI), an individual has a greater opportunity to fight diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity, while reducing body fat levels and improving overall well-being. The Modified Mediterranean Diet is something well worth the time to investigate in greater depth for an overall healthier approach to eating.

Fred Fornicola
Fitness Professional