The Mediterranean diet is a way of eating that is followed in countries around the Mediterranean Sea, such as Italy, Spain, Greece, France and Morocco.
Although there are some variations between the different countries, the Mediterranean diet is in general high in plant foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts and seeds, olive oil and legumes (beans, peas and lentils). Fish, seafood, eggs and low fat milk and milk products are eaten in moderate amounts along with red wine with meals. Meat and meat products and sweet foods are eaten occasionally.
Health Benefits of the Mediterranean has been intensively researched. Mediterranean-style diet has been shown to be beneficial in reducing the risk of developing heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. It also help improving blood glucose control for individuals with type 2 diabetes as well as delaying the development of cognitive disorders such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.