Worried About Food Costs? Switch to the Mediterranean Diet and Save Money

Olive oil from Imperia in Liguria, Italy.

Olive oil from Imperia in Liguria, Italy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You’ve heard that the Mediterranean Diet is a healthy way of eating, but did you know that it can also save you money?  Researchers from The Miriam Hospital and the Rhode Island Community Food Bank found that following a plant-based diet, like one patterned after the Mediterranean Diet, helps you make better food choices and cuts your grocery bill by about $40.00 a week.

The researchers recruited 83 clients from emergency food pantries and low-income housing sites for the 34 week study. The participants took part in six weeks of cooking classes where instructors showed then how to prepare easy plant-based recipes that used ingredients like olive oil, whole grain pasta, brown rice and fruits and vegetables. All of the  participants were given a bag of groceries that contained most of the ingredients to make three of the recipes they were shown during the six weeks of the cooking classes.

The researchers collected the participants’ grocery store receipts during the six weeks and they found that the amount of meat, carbonated beverages, desserts and snacks dropped, even though the participants were never told to stop buying these items. In addition, the participants started buying more vegetables and fruits.

Here’s what else resulted from the switch in diet:

  • Reliance on a food pantry declined from 68 percent at the start of the study to 54 percent
  • About one half of the participants lossed weight and there was general decline in BMI

~ by chasm63 on March 21, 2013.

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