Lindsay Celebrates Mediterranean Diet Month with Great Tips

May 07, 2014

Olives Offer Vitamins, Antioxidants and Promote a Healthy Heart

LAFAYETTE, Calif. (May 7, 2014) – In the month of May, Lindsay Olives celebrates Mediterranean Diet Month with its olives, promoting a healthier lifestyle. This heart-healthy eating plan combines all the basics of healthy eating, with a bit of Mediterranean flavors.

When looking for a diet that tastes good and is good for you, the Mediterranean Diet fits the bill. Like most healthy diets, the Mediterranean Diet includes fruits, vegetables, fish and whole grains, while limiting unhealthy fats. Here are a few basic rules to follow:

  • Olive oil should be used as a primary source of dietary fat
  • Get as much of your food as possible from plant sources
  • Eat moderate amounts of fish and poultry weekly
  • Consume low to moderate portions of cheese and yogurt every day
  • Drink wine in moderation – one to two glasses per day for men and one glass per day for women
  • Exercise on a regular basis

Olives and olive oil are important to the Mediterranean diet mainly because they are high in monounsaturated fats. Olives are also considered a fruit and contain less sodium than a slice of bread. High in antioxidants, olives contain only 21 calories per serving.  Olives are cholesterol free and contain an abundance of vitamins such as copper, calcium, vitamin E and fiber while improving heart health.

According to Mayo Clinic, “a recent analysis of more than 1.5 million healthy adults demonstrated that following a Mediterranean diet was associated with a reduced risk of overall and cardiovascular mortality, a reduced incidence of cancer and cancer mortality, and a reduced incidence of Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases.”

Lindsay Olives urges customers to incorporate elements of the Mediterranean Diet into their diet with recipes like Mediterranean Chicken and Mediterranean Stuffed Chicken. These recipes are easy to cook and offer outstanding health benefits along with great flavor.

About Lindsay

For more than 100 years, Lindsay has been bringing fun and flavor to America’s kitchen table. With a full line of domestic and imported olives as well as specialty condiments, Lindsay offers a wide variety of flavors perfect for family-favorite recipes and new culinary adventures.

Lindsay’s parent company—Bell-Carter Foods, Inc.— is a fourth-generation family-owned and -operated enterprise selling more than half of all California olives nationwide. CEO Tim T. Carter follows in the footsteps reaching back to his great-grandfather and carries the company’s commitment of quality and environmental sustainability into its second century.