As seen in the Surprise Independent

TTracy Garrett - Sun Health Center For Health & Wellnesshe Mediterranean-style of eating is based on the traditional way of eating in countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea. It is not a “diet.” 

Research has shown that anyone adopting this traditional style of eating will gain many health benefits that help prevent and manage chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, COPD and others.

A staple of this eating style is fish and shellfish including salmon, tuna, sardines and herring which contain omega-3 fatty acids, associated with lowering triglycerides, improving blood pressure, and decreasing blood clotting.

Olive oil is the principal source of dietary fat. Extra-virgin or virgin olive oils contain the highest quantity of antioxidants. Grains are prepared and served with this healthy fat and bread is often eaten dipped into olive oil, a healthy alternative to butter.

Healthy Mediterranean Eating with Tracy Garrett, a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator at the Sun Health Center for Health & Wellbeing in Surprise, Ariz.

Information provided in the section is from a multidisciplinary team of Sun Health professionals at the Center for Health and Wellbeing, based in Surprise. However, it should not be a substitute for medical advice from your physician. To submit a question for consideration, email


(Originally published March 16, 2015; last updated Jan. 12, 2019.)

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