The Mediterranean Diet is more like an eating lifestyle than a diet. It's designed to resemble the eating habits of people living around the Mediterranean Sea where there is less cancer and cardiovascular disease than in American. The Mediterranean Diet focuses on keeping a healthy weight with a diet containing a lot of fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, fish, beans and olive oil. The Mediterranean Diet limits the amount of eggs, cheese, sweets and red meat that is consumed. A key part of the Mediterranean Diet is an active lifestyle that includes daily exercise.
Here's a Mediterranean Diet Food Pyramid that has additional information about foods included in the Mediterranean Diet.
One criticism of the Mediterranean Diet you might see in popular media is something along the lines of, "...the Mediterranean Diet must be flawed because weight problems and obesity are very common in Greece...". Here's a great blog article explaining why this is flawed thinking: If the greek diet is so healthy why are greeks so obese?
Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, olive oil, beans and nuts.
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