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The Mediterranean diet is a style of eating rather than a diet plan. It features foods eaten in Greece, Spain, southern Italy and France, and other countries along the Mediterranean Sea. It emphasizes eating foods like fish, fruits, vegetables, beans, high-fibre breads and whole grains, nuts, and olive oil. This style of eating includes limited red meat, cheese, and sweets.
A Mediterranean-style diet may improve heart health. It contains more fat than other heart-healthy diets. But the fats are mainly from nuts, unsaturated oils (such as fish oils and olive oil), and certain nut or seed oils (such as canola, soybean, or flaxseed oil). These fats may help protect the heart and blood vessels.
Here are some things you can do to switch to a more Mediterranean way of eating.
The Mediterranean diet may also include red wine with your meal—1 glass each day for women and up to 2 glasses a day for men.
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Current as of: September 8, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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