The Mediterranean Diet is based on the healthy local foods people traditionally eat in countries like Italy, Greece, and the Mediterranean Islands.
Studies have shown that people in this region are exceptionally healthy compared to most of Europe and American, with a much lower risk of many lifestyle diseases. The Mediterranean Diet is thought to can cause weight loss, prevent heart attacks, and type 2 diabetes.
A Mediterranean eating plan consists of: vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes, potatoes, whole grains, bread, herbs, spices, fish, seafood, and extra virgin olive oil.
Poultry, eggs, cheese, and other dairy products are enjoyed in moderation. This diet avoids processed foods, sweeteners, and refined grains.