The Mediterranean-style diet has fewer meats and carbohydrates and more plant-based foods and monounsaturated (good) fat than a typical American diet. Many people who live in Italy, Spain, and other countries in the Mediterranean region have eaten this way for centuries.
Following the Mediterranean diet may lead to more stable blood sugars, lower cholesterol and triglycerides, and a lower risk of heart disease and other health problems.
The Mediterranean diet is based on:
Foods that are eaten in small amounts or NOT at all in the Mediterranean diet include:
Possible health concerns with the Mediterranean include: