June 2004 Issue

The Mediterranean Diet: EN Goes to Italy and Finds It’s More Than Just the Food

Researchers have long thought that the Mediterranean diet—the traditional eating patterns of Greece, Crete and Italy—play a key role in protecting against heart disease. The diet emphasizes fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes (lentils, dried peas and beans), nuts and fish. Red meat is eaten only occasionally; most of the fat in the diet is in the form of healthy monounsaturated fats as in olive oil. But the Mediterranean diet is not just about food.

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