6 foods that a dietitian who follows a Mediterranean diet always has

  • The Mediterranean diet has long been praised for its wide-ranging health benefits.
  • Dietitian Kirsten Jackson told Insider that she follows the diet to improve her gut health.
  • Jackson shared six staples she always has in her kitchen, including olive oil and whole-grain carbohydrates.

A registered dietitian who follows the Mediterranean diet, which is lauded for its wide-ranging health benefits, has shared what she always has in stock in her kitchen.

The diet is widely regarded as one of the healthiest ways to eat, thanks to its link to heart health and a lower risk of several diseases including Parkinson’s and diabetes.

It emphasizes vegetables, legumes, seafood, olive oil and wine in moderation, and encourages minimal consumption of processed and fried foods, red meat, refined grains, added sugars and saturated fats.

Registered dietitian Kirsten Jackson follows the Mediterranean diet because research shows it reduces the risk of multiple health problems such as type 2 diabetes, cancer, heart disease and mental illness, she told Insider.

“As an IBS patient, the Mediterranean diet also provides me with the recommended 30 different sources of plants per week that I know will help me diversify my gut bacteria,” she said.

However, the Mediterranean diet doesn’t have to be strict, and you can still enjoy other foods in moderation, Jackson said.

Jackson shared six dishes she always keeps in her kitchen to help her Mediterranean-style eating.

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