The Mediterranean diet has been the gold standard dietary pattern for decades, and with good reason: it has been linked with lowered risks of cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer's. Now, Julieanna Hever takes the Med to a whole new level! By focusing on whole-plant foods that promote long-term wellness and ideal weight management, you can reap the benefits of the most researched and beloved dietmade even healthier. The Vegiterranean Diet offers:
comprehensive nutrition info
shopping lists with everyday ingredients
more than 40 delicious, budget-friendly recipes
flexible meal plans (great for families, too!)
strategies for overall health
Hever (The Complete Idiot's Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition) makes an uneasy attempt to map her vegan eating plan onto the popular Mediterranean food pyramid. She makes the questionable assertion that the Mediterranean diet's essence "is (and always has been) a whole food, plant-based diet," within a context of slow eating, and that the roles of fish, olive oil (or any oil in significant amounts), and wine are minimal in terms of the health benefits offered to diet adherents. Otherwise, Hever offers solid, practical nutritional advice, with plentiful charts to demonstrate that, except for B12, all the nutrients you need can be provided by plants. Unusually, she suggests eating a wide variety of foods rather than carefully balancing the contents of each meal to optimize benefits or calorie consumption. Hever also includes a 60-page section for recipes, though these tend more toward the Middle Eastern than Italian, with the hummus, tabbouleh, and baba ganoush, and only a single pasta dish. Seasoned diet book readers will be relieved, though, that she avoids the Asian-style recipes common in other vegan collections, and only dips slightly into current trends like the ubiquitous kale chip.