Is the Mediterranean Diet for you?

What is the Mediterranean Diet anyway?

A recent study showing the Mediterranean Diet can cut heart attacks, strokes and deaths from cardiovascular disease by 30 percent should spur our interest in the plant-based eating style of countries such as Greece and Lebanon.

Not that they don’t enjoy meat, they do – no one likes a roast leg of lamb more than a Greek – but they limit their consumption to just a few times a week.

Mostly, the diet comprises vegetable-based meals filled in with pasta, rice and whole grains and slathered generously with olive oil. In fact, the most recent study found that in two versions of the Mediterranean Diet, the one with extra olive oil produced the best results for reducing heart disease and cholesterol problems. (It did not, however, produce weight loss.)

The Mayo Clinic outlines the diet this way – limit red meat and sweets to less than twice a week; include poultry, eggs, cheese and yogurt in small portions several times a week; consume fish and seafood more often and make up most of your meals from fresh vegetables, fruit, beans, whole grains, nuts, legumes and seeds. Drink red wine – no more than 5 ounces for women and 10 for men – as often as once a day and lavish olive oil in and on your dishes.

And of course, exercise. So there you have it, a new-old way (the Med diet has been around for decades) to improve your health.