Unpacking the ModiMed diet: the guiding principles
The ModiMed diet was based on high intake of vegetables, wholegrain cereals and fruits.
As discussed in the previous step, the ModiMed diet recommendations were based on consumption of 12 food groups. Let’s have a closer look at each food group, the suggested number of serves and the serve size:
|Food group||Recommended serving||Examples of one serve|
Provides the base of the diet
Fresh fruit recommended
Reduced fat recommended
Raw, unsalted and unflavoured
|Legumes and pulses||
3-4 serves per week
|Lean red meat||
Lean or with the visible fat removed
Oily fish recommended
Up to 6 serves per week
|Extra virgin olive oil||
Recommended as the main added fat
Up to 3 serves per week
Top tips to follow the ModiMedDiet
The dietary recommendations also included several tips to facilitate decision making around food. These included the following:
- Select fruits, vegetables and nuts as a snack. Include 30g (1.5 tablespoons) of unsalted nuts daily.
- Include vegetables with every meal. Eat leafy greens and tomatoes every day.
- Reserve sweets for special occasions only.
- Choose water as the best drink.
Notably, the ModiMedDiet was designed to facilitate positive change and improve diet quality by including an abundance of accessible, appealing and nutritious recommendations and meal ideas.
Based on the recommendations for the ModiMed diet, evaluate your own daily dietary intake and post 3 possible changes you could make on the Padlet wall.
Take time to explore the changes recommended by other learners.
What do you think influenced their recommendations?
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