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How important are vegetables and fruit to a healthy diet?

In a word: Very!

Strong scientific evidence suggests a diet rich in vegetables and fruits can help lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, improve blood sugar levels, and help prevent some types of cancers.

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May is International Mediterranean Diet Month!

This month, explore the Mediterranean region with our team here at Pangea Nutrition. Let's begin International Mediterranean Diet Month with a tour of Greek culture and foods.

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Who Discovered the Mediterranean Diet?

The first studies on the Mediterranean diet took place in the 1950s by American scientist Dr. Ancel Keys. Back then, we did not understand much about how nutrition and lifestyle affect health problems like heart disease. Scientists did notice, however, that people in some countries were healthier and lived longer than others.

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Mediterranean Diet Ties #1 Ranking for Best Diet in 2018

For 2018, US News and World Report has ranked the number one overall best diet as a tie between the Mediterranean diet and the DASH diet.

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Tips to Manage Portions and Eat Healthier this holiday season

Happy holidays from all of us at Pangea Nutrition!

We know the holiday season is a challenge to continue eating healthy. Between family celebrations, work parties and other events, it feels like there are delicious foods everywhere (with many of them processed and high in calories). We can help! 

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What is Type 2 Diabetes?

Type 2 Diabetes is defined as impaired glucose (sugar) metabolism. Type 2 Diabetes can be diagnosed and measured using several blood tests, the simplest being a fasting blood test for blood sugar measurement. In simple terms, because the body is unable to properly regulate blood sugar in type 2 diabetes, the sugar level remains high in the...

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What is Prediabetes?

Prediabetes is a condition indicating that you are at high risk for developing diabetes. Although many medical experts do not like to use this term, it can be helpful to know whether one’s body now has trouble processing glucose (sugar) and whether one is at higher risk for developing diabetes later in life.

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The Mediterranean Diet May Help Decrease Total Mortality (Death) Risk

In a randomized study in Spain, 7,216 people were assigned to one of three diets: a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil, a Mediterranean diet supplemented with mixed nuts, or a control diet (with advice to reduce dietary fat intake).1

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New Study: Walnuts May Activate Insula and Help Avoid Unhealthy food Cravings

Not only are walnuts high in fiber and “good” unsaturated fats, they also appear to activate the part of the brain that may regulate cravings and cognitive control.

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The Mediterranean Diet May Help Lower Risk of Type 2 Diabetes by 52%

In a randomized trial in Spain of 218 nondiabetic participants age 55 to 80 years old, subjects were randomly assigned to one of three diets: a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil, a Mediterranean diet supplemented with mixed nuts, or a control diet (with advice to reduce dietary fat intake).1

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