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What Is the Mediterranean Diet?

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If you’re interested in becoming healthier while still enjoying delicious food, you may want to learn about the Mediterranean diet. It’s been associated with better long-term health and is an easy way to eat delicious fresh food. But what is the Mediterranean diet and why should you follow it? Discover more about this colourful diet, rich in flavour and textures!

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What Does the Mediterranean Diet Consist Of?

The Mediterranean diet is based on the type of food traditionally eaten in the countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea, such as Italy, Greece, and Spain.

It’s a plant-based way of eating, with whole grains, vegetables, fruit, seeds and nuts making up the bulk of the diet. Mediterranean diets also include some fish, dairy, and seafood, but these are eaten in moderation. The main source of fat is olive oil. 

Wooden chopping board with tomatoes, mozzarella, and peppers: iconic options of a Mediterranean diet
The Mediterranean diet is a delicious way to eat healthy.

What Should You Avoid with a Mediterranean Diet?

In terms of Mediterranean diet, you can eat sweet treats and red meat, but you should do so only occasionally. Although people often think of wine in connection with a Mediterranean diet (and who wouldn’t with such delicious wines from countries like Spain and Italy), it should only be had in moderation*.

*Alcohol misuse can pose a risk to your health. Consume in moderation.

 Olive oil poured into a glass bowl with olives at the side
Olive oil is the main source of fat in a Mediterranean diet.

Why You Should Consider Adopting a Mediterranean Diet

First of all, the health benefits are often the main purpose that people mention. The Mediterranean diet has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease. With its focus on fresh foods and whole foods, a Mediterranean diet can also contribute to losing weight and keeping it off, as a healthy way of life.

The Mediterranean diet is also a way to enjoy delicious food!

As a primarily plant-based eating plan, it’s a colourful diet full of tasty fruit and vegetables. The focus on freshness means the flavours are crisp and delicious; you can almost taste the vitamins and minerals. 

Blue and white bowl with Mediterranean food on a sunny day
With the Mediterranean diet, your plate becomes a riot of colour and flavour.

The Mediterranean diet is a great way to enjoy delicious, healthy, fresh food. If you've tried a vegetarian diet before but not stuck to it, why not try the Mediterranean way? It is a great option to eat fresher, tastier, and healthier food, while still enjoying meat and fish occasionally.

Have a look at our Mediterranean restaurant suggestions in London or in Edinburgh,
and enjoy a sunny, colourful gourmet stopover!

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Terrace of a restaurant, near the sea
Enjoying the Mediterranean diet, from the terrace of a restaurant, near the sea
Mediterranean diet in a nutshell

The Mediterranean diet is largely plant-based, so fruit and vegetables, nuts and seeds, and legumes are some of the main foods. For example: berries, extra virgin olive oil, whole grains, greek yogurt, leafy greens, herbs, spice...


Nothing is banned as such on a Mediterranean diet, but sweets, red meat, and wine should only be consumed in moderation.

Eggs are a healthy part of a Mediterranean diet and are a great breakfast option as they keep hunger at bay for longer.

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