Mediterranean Diet

General:
The Mediterranean diet incorporates the basics of healthy eating, plus a splash of flavorful olive oil and perhaps a glass of good red wine, among other components characterizing the traditional cooking style of countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea.

Key components of the Mediterranean diet include:

  • Eating a generous amount of fruits and vegetables
  • Consuming healthy fats such as olive oil and canola oil
  • Eating small portions of nuts
  • Drinking red wine, in moderation, for some
  • Consuming very little red meat
  • Eating fish on a regular basis

Types of food allowed:
Fruits, vegetables, seafood, poultry, whole grains, limited red meat and dairy products, olive oil.

Advantages:
Wide variety of food. Recipes and foods are easy to find. No supplements needed.

Disadvantages:
None

Health Issues:
This is a well balanced and safe diet to follow. It is based off research that showed that a Mediterranean style of eating greatly reduced risk of heart disease and lowers cholesterol.



External Resources

Homepage:
*No "specific" or "official" homepage associated with this diet

Reviews:
Mayo Clinic Review of the Mediterranean Diet
American Heart Association Review of the Mediterranean Diet

Overviews:
Mediterranean Diet Overview

Other:
Wikipedia definition of the Mediterranean Diet