The Mediterranean Diet is not a specific dietary program but a compendium of the eating habits traditionally followed by those that live  in this part of the world. So, let’s see what it consists of and its beneficial  effects on its practitioners.

The eating habits of the 16 nations along the shores of the Mediterranean  Sea vary depending on culture, ethnic traditions and religion. There are, however, some characteristics that are similar to all:

o High consumption of fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, bread and cereals
o Use of olive oil to cook and as a condiment
o Moderate quantities of fish, little meat
o Small/moderate quantities of rich cheese and whole yogurt
o Moderate wine consumption, usually with meals
o Use of local, seasonal and fresh products
o An active lifestyle
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