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The Mediterranean Diet

A total diet and lifestyle approach continues to be one of the best prescriptions for a long, healthy life.
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Does It Allow for Dietary Restrictions or Preferences?

Vegetarians and vegans: Sticking with fruits, veggies, whole grains, beans, nuts, and seeds is a snap for vegetarians. If you're vegan, you'd need to skip the dairy products.

Low-sodium diet: You’ll rely on herbs and spices for flavor instead of salt, which helps if you’re looking for a low-sodium diet.

Low-fat diet: The Mediterranean diet doesn’t qualify as a low-fat diet. But it is low in saturated fat and is well within the American Heart Association’s guidelines.

Gluten-free? If you're avoiding gluten, you can choose grains without gluten.

What Else You Should Know

If you’re looking for a long-term lifestyle change, this can be a fun and realistic way to do it. You can be creative, approach your food in a new way, and enjoy the foods you like in moderation.

Costs: None beyond your shopping.

Support: There are many books and online articles about the Mediterranean diet, but no official groups.

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Reviewed on December 01, 2013
Edited on June 24, 2013
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