Mediterranean Diet

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.

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


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

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

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

Mediterranean Diet Overview

Wikipedia definition of the Mediterranean Diet