MediterrAsian: What is the latest healthy diet sweeping the globe?

We have seen many diet trends come and go, each promising to be healthier than the last – the Atkins diet, Raw Food Diet, Keto diet, and so on.

The latest diet trend however has its roots right here in Australia and has been taking the US by storm.

The MediterrAsian diet combines the best elements of traditional Mediterranean along with the soy and seafood consumed in Asia, and particularly Japan.

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You’ve probably heard of the Mediterranean diet but have you tried MediterrAsian? (iStock)

And the diet is the inspiration behind the recent opening of two MediterrAsian restaurants in the United States, including one of Miami’s most popular new restaurants, MILA, headed by Michelin star chef Michael Michaelidis.

Where did the MediterrAsian diet begin

But its origins lie closer to home, with the theory of the MediterrAsian diet reportedly developed in Australia over a decade ago by passionate home cook Trudy Thelander and her Kiwi partner Ric Watson.

Trudy was first introduced to authentic Asian cuisine by her Chinese-Malaysian sister-in-law as a teenager, and was left with a life-long addiction to Asian food. Ric, on the other hand, credits a Mediterranean diet with helping him fully recover from a near-fatal motorcycle accident.

When the two foodies met, Trudy introduced Ric to Asian cooking, and Ric introduced Trudy to Mediterranean cooking, and they ended up bonding over “pad Thai and paella”, according to Trudy.

MediterrAsian diet was developed in Australia by passionate home cook Trudy Thelander. (Supplied)

The pair were inspired to base their own personal diets around traditional Mediterranean and Asian foods. This had such a positive impact on their health and wellbeing that they decided to launch to share their recipes and spread the word about the health benefits of what they call a ‘MediterrAsian diet’.

This led to the publication of their cookbook and lifestyle guide, The MediterrAsian Way.

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MediterrAsian diet benefits

Since then scientists have looked into whether the Mediterrasian diet…

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