Mediterranean diet

You’ll find the Mediterranean diet on many lists of the best diets.

It’s based on the eating habits of Mediterranean cultures such as those in Greece and Southern Italy during the mid-1900s. Studies show it’s related to greater longevity and lower rates of heart disease.

This diet is largely plant-based and emphasizes greater intake of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and unsaturated fat sources like olive oil and nuts. Meat is seen as a condiment and most animal products come from fish, seafood and some poultry.

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About This Diet

Foods that are restricted include:
Fatty red meat.
Processed and artificial foods.
Full-fat dairy.
Refined and artificial sugars.

Foods that are maybe OK in some instances include:
Salt and highly salty foods.
Most additives.
Refined grains and cereals.
Lean red meat.
Fatty poultry.
Egg yolk.
Raw sugars.

Foods that are OK include:
Olive oil as the primary source of cooking oil.
Low-fat, unsweetened dairy.
Fruits, vegetables and legumes.
Whole grains.
Unsalted nuts and seeds.
Lean poultry.
Eggs and egg whites.
Seafood.

Note: Consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet.

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