The Mediterranean diet is a heart-healthy eating plan combining elements of Mediterranean-style cooking.
The Mediterranean diet emphasizes:
•    Getting plenty of exercise
•    Eating primarily plant-based foods, such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts
•    Replacing butter with healthy fats such as olive oil and canola oil
•    Using herbs and spices instead of salt to flavor foods
•    Limiting red meat to no more than a few times a month
•    Eating fish and poultry at least twice a week
•    Drinking red wine in moderation (optional)

 

 

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Key components of the Mediterranean diet

The Mediterranean diet emphasizes:

  • Getting plenty of exercise
  • Eating primarily plant-based foods, such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts
  • Replacing butter with healthy fats such as olive oil and canola oil
  • Using herbs and spices instead of salt to flavor foods
  • Limiting red meat to no more than a few times a month
  • Eating fish and poultry at least twice a week
  • Drinking red wine in moderation (optional)

 

 

 

 

 

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