Mediterranean Eating Is Tough on a Tight Budget
Experts agree that the Mediterranean diet gets a gold star when it comes to keeping people healthy, but a study found that following it is difficult for low-income people. Researchers who studied more than 13,200 Italian men and women learned that those with the largest paychecks had the best odds of sticking to the diet. Though the study took place in Italy, the researchers say the difference in diet adherence among people of various income levels may be even greater in countries where Mediterranean staples—fish, olive oil, nuts, and vegetables—are more expensive and harder to find.
Source: BMJ Open, published Nov. 19, 2012