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March is National Nutrition Month – Celebrate a World of Flavors

National Nutrition Month® was created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and takes place each year in March. The theme for 2022 is Celebrate a World of Flavors, which aims to embrace global cultures, cuisines and inclusion. Here’s a look at five of the world‘s healthiest cuisines.

1. Greek
According to researchers at Harvard University, following a Mediterranean diet can reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer by up to 25%. Greek cuisine includes foods like lentils, beans, nuts, grains, olives, leafy greens, and fish, which are touted for their immune-boosting and cancer-fighting properties.

2. Japanese
The traditional Japanese diet favors whole or minimally processed foods like fresh fish, pickled vegetables, seaweed, and grains. Additionally, the Japanese regularly eat fermented soy products like miso, which contain probiotics that promote gut health.

3. Israeli
Israeli cuisine is full of healthy staples like fruits, vegetables, legumes and fish. Plus, most of their fats are unsaturated and come from olives, nuts, and avocados. Hummus is an example of a healthy Israeli dish. It is made primarily from chickpeas, which are high in protein and rich in essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

4. Thai
Thai cuisine is mostly made up of non-starchy vegetables and lean proteins. Fresh herbs and spices are also key ingredients that provide health benefits. For example, turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties and ginger aids digestion. Thai cuisine also includes garlic and onions, which are foods that contain antioxidants that help fight cancer.

5. Ethiopian
Ethiopian food mainly includes cereals, spices, lentils, cabbage and lean meats like lamb. The typical diet is high in fiber and protein. Injera, for example, is a traditional pancake made from a grain called teff, which has been called the next super grain.

This month, learn more about how to make informed food choices and develop healthy eating habits.