Typical Foods on the Mediterranean Diet
The good news is that the Mediterranean Diet offers so much variety, you never have to feel
Hi, I'm Maria Saracen from ArtfullyNourished.com and this video for About.com is all about the food to enjoy on the Mediterranean Diet.The Mediterranean diet is really not a difficult diet to follow. It's plant-based and focuses on fresh, whole, unprocessed food. The good news is that it offers so much variety so you never have to feel deprived or bored. Fruit and especially vegetables are a major component of the diet and can be enjoyed to your heart's content.Whole grains and legumes are also a significant part of the diet along with moderate amounts of nuts and seeds.In terms of fat, the Mediterranean diet is particularly high in olive oil and extra virgin olive oil can be used as a dressing and on pasta and bread.Eggs are enjoyed a few times a week along with dairy products which are often made from goat's milkWild fish is another significant component of the Mediterranean diet and it's eaten at least a few times per week, along with other types of seafood. Fish contains Omega 3 fatty acids which are believed to help protect against heart disease, cancer, diabetes and many other health issuesPoultry is eaten occasionally, while red meat is eaten much less often, usually no more than a few times each month.Wine is enjoyed in moderation. Sugary foods are occasionally enjoyed but not on a daily basis.When following the Mediterranean diet, try to use herbs and spices instead of salt and avoid all processed food; trans fat and food that's high in saturated fat.As far as diets go, the Mediterranean diet is really not very restrictive. The trick is to be prepared, both with ingredients and recipes, so that you can make healthy, home-cooked meals. And when you're eating them, make sure you take time to slow down and really enjoy your food.Thanks so much for watching. To learn more about the Mediterranean diet, please visit About.com.