How The Mediterranean Diet Can Help You Overcome The Meat Shortage

Due to meat shortages caused by the coronavirus, groceries and markets have started to ration the sales of pork, beef and chicken to their customers. So how do you get through this? By following the famous Mediterranean diet, of course.

How Mediterranean Diet Can Help With Meat Shortage Amid The Pandemic

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, more and more industries are starting to feel its long-term effects on the economy, particularly in the food industry, what with the meat shortage making groceries and markets ration their supplies of beef, pork and chicken.

Thankfully, a few dietary changes can help you weather this all out and help you make better health choices moving forward. And all this can be done by following the Mediterranean diet, which makes you cook like you live in one of the 21 sun-kissed nations surrounding the Mediterranean sea.

In reality, however, the Mediterranean diet isn’t exactly a “diet” and can be considered as more of a lifestyle.

"Even though it's called the Mediterranean diet, it's not really a diet. It doesn't tell you what to eat and not eat. It's a lifestyle that encourages consuming all food groups but gives more weight to those which have the most health benefits," Rahaf Al Bochi, an Atlanta-registered dietitian and a spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, said.

And it couldn’t be any simpler because following it only means that you need to eat more fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds. Fish (and other seafood) should be eaten twice a week, while yogurt and cheese should be eaten often. Of course, meat and sweets are very limited, although following it doesn’t mean that you should go all-in immediately. Moderate exercise should be done on the regular too.

However, there’s plenty of research that shows eating this way has tons of health benefits, such as reducing the risk of diabetes, high cholesterol, stroke, heart disease and some types of cancer. It’s also good for weight loss.

"From a health perspective it's great because people typically will reduce weight without trying so hard. Plant-based foods are lower in energy and calories," Stella Volpe, registered dietitian and chair of the Department of Nutrition Sciences at Drexel University, said.

Mediterranean Diet Health experts consider the Mediterranean diet as one of the healthiest diets ever created, which focus on natural food, mainly plants combined with healthy fats. Pixabay

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