The heart-healthy Mediterranean Diet is a way of eating
based on the traditional foods and drinks of the countries bordering the
The Mediterranean Diet is a great way to lose weight and improve overall health
of an individual. It is a lifestyle component in Mediterranean countries such
as Italy, Greece, Spain, Lebanon, Syria and Morocco.
The Mediterranean diet typically includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, pasta,
legumes and nuts
. These foods provide plenty of micronutrients,
antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and fiber that work together to protect
against chronic disease.
This diet plan discourages the use of saturated
fats and hydrogenated oils while cooking meals, which contribute to heart
disease, and encourages using olive oil
as the primary source of fat.
Unlike most diet plans, the Mediterranean diet
allows for moderate consumption of wine
usually with meals.
Therefore, the Mediterranean diet has long been
considered one of the healthiest diets
on the planet.