The Mediterranean diet is not so much a diet as it is a set of habits that is inspired by the foods and health benefits it provides sense it has been around. The Mediterranean diet is similar to other diets like the paleo diet in that it is from all whole sources and excludes processed foods. However while it excludes most processed foods it does allow some breads and other similar sources that are fresh.
This type of food requires a high volume of fruits, vegetables, and legumes. Healthy oils such as olive oil is also a key component of this diet. And one of the unique aspects of this diet is the large consumption of fish and sea food which provide healthy omega 3 and fish oils that are useful for the body.
To a lesser extent this way of eating also includes beef and other red meats which are consumed less often than other items on this way of eating.
And finally sugars and red wine are a key part of the Mediterranean diet with sugars being consumed in moderation.
Overview of the food list
- Fresh foods
- Many vegetable, legumes, and fruits
- Lots of oils
- Fish and seafood often
- poultry, eggs dairy daily to weekly
- Red meats less often
- Low sugar
- Red wine
Extras in the Mediterranean diet health and complementary foods and supplements
Dietary benefits of this include healthy fats that are good for the heart and such as fish oils and olive oil as described shortly above. As well as good whole sources of carbs that are essential for proper energy for the body and brain. And lastly many fruits and vegetables that provide the you with vitamins, minerals, and fiber as well as many other micro nutrients.
This diet could also be supplemented with green drinks and juices that also provide servings of fruits and vegetables. Kratom capsules and other similar natural leaves have traditionally been used for weight loss, increase energy, and appetite.
Below is a video of the Mediterranean diet foods list and the healthy eating style