The Mediterranean diet mainly consists of foods low in saturated fat, high in monounsaturated fat and high in dietary fiber.
This includes a high consumption of beans, nuts, cereals and seeds, cheese and yogurt as the main sources of dairy foods, moderate amounts of fish and poultry, small amounts of red meat and low to moderate amounts of red wine.
Following a Mediterranean diet has been linked to many health benefits. Medical News Today recently reported on a study suggesting that the diet, supplemented with extra virgin olive oil and nuts, may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.
Other studies have linked the Mediterranean diet to overall better health and longer lifespan, and research has also claimed the diet can help preserve memory and thinking abilities.