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Mediterranean diet in Micronesia

THE traditional Micronesian diet includes tropical fruits, crops and vegetables. Kosrae is well known for its citrus fruits like lime, mandarin and tangerine.

In Micronesian islands, there are plenty of bananas, breadfruits, coconuts, mangoes, pineapples, wild apples, star fruits, papaya, guava, soursop, among other tropical fruits.

As the FSM Visitors Board would put it, the Federated States of Micronesia is a tropical-fruit heaven. There are many varieties of banana in the FSM, including “karat” which has been “found to have high nutrient and vitamin content and is mainly used for infants as baby food.”

Every meal should have vegetables and fruits.

Monique Tello, MD, MPH, a Harvard Medical School Publishing contributor, recommends a Mediterranean diet.

It is not a fad, she said. “It is a centuries-old approach to meals, traditional to the countries bordering on the Mediterranean Sea.”

She said the diet consists of “colorful fruits and vegetables, plus whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds, fish and seafood, with olive oil and perhaps a glass of red wine. There is no butter, no refined grains (like white bread, pasta, and rice), and very little red or processed meat (like bacon). There is also an emphasis on sitting down and enjoying a meal among family and friends, as well as avoiding snacking, and getting plenty of activity. It’s not just about the food: it’s a way of being.”

Dr. Tello said there is “a mountain of high-quality research supporting a Mediterranean-style diet as the best diet for our cardiovascular health.”

One of our Pacific island advocates for healthy living is Peggy Hanser who continues to promote local food and fruits. She believes that everyone can stay healthy if he or she sticks to a diet based on local produce.