What is The California Mediterranean Diet?

What is the California Mediterranean Diet? It is a symbiosis of the healthy foods and eating patterns associated with the old food ways of the Mediterranean, and the new and modern creativity and environmental consciousness of California cuisine. The goal of this website is to guide you through the maze of food marketing hype, nutrition research inconsistencies and controversies and environmental quandaries when trying to make conscious, healthful, and flavorful food choices.

This site will include content focused on several key values:

  • Food should be healthy, tasty and minimally processed whenever possible.
  • Food should be free of harmful contaminants.
  • Methods of food preparation should be simple and practical. You should not have to be a gourmet chef to prepare a healthy and delicious meal.
  • Sources of food should be sustainable. This includes consideration of the environmental consequences of food choices including energy use, water use, waste production, soil conservation and preservation of open space.
  • Traditional food flavors and food ways and diversity of ingredients are a part of our  cultural heritage and should be preserved.
  • A shared meal, with consciously chosen food, in the company of friends or family, is one of the foundations of civilization and one of life’s greatest pleasures.

4 thoughts on “What is The California Mediterranean Diet?

  1. i think you shulod make it more clear about the low fat shulod be low saturated/trans fat as unsaturated are good for you they helps improve heart health and help prevent depression and cancer and increase testosterone. active people actually help reduce body fat by eating more fats just look at the maasai tribe their diet is mainly meat milk and cow blood very high fat diet and yet they are still very lean i know they are very active too but similar principles can be applied with moderation.

    • The Mediterranean diet is not low fat, it is low in saturated fat. Olive oil is a monounsaturated fat and is associated with heart health and lower risk of disease. Fish oil is a polyunsaturated fat called Omega-3 and is associated with reduced depression and other mental health issues as well as reduced heart disease and cancer. Most Mediterranean or California nuts are high in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated and they are also linked with reduced cancer and heart disease. These fats are the primary fats in the Mediterranean type diet and are recommended. However animal fat such as milk and “cow fat” are associated with higher cholesterol levels and increased heart disease and gastrointestinal cancer. Some cuts of grass fed meats are low in total fat but the fat in them is still mostly saturated although there is more omega-3 fat than other red meat. All fats are not alike.

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