21 Feb '12, 5pm

Will the real Mediterranean diet please stand up?:

Will the real Mediterranean diet please stand up?:

Photo: David Hernández baltha/Flickr One of the diets of recent years is the Mediterranean diet. This diet was first introduced in the 1940’s by the American doctor, Ancel Keys. But it wasn’t until the 1990’s that the diet was popularized. The theory behind the diet is that the eating patterns of Mediterranean countries, such as Spain, Southern Italy, and Greece provide better health and freedom from heart disease and obesity . So what is this “diet”? According to the Mayo Clinic, key components of the Mediterranean diet include: 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. Dr...

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