This diet received significant attention when scientists highlighted the substantial difference in cardiovascular disease in many Mediterranean countries in comparison with Canada and the United States. Not all Mediterranean countries (Portugal, Israel, Turkey, Greece, France, Italy, and Spain) follow the same diet but their dietary patterns are similar.
This led nutrition researchers to believe that the Mediterranean diet is healthier than the typical North American diet. But what does the Mediterranean diet consist of?
Some studies have found that this diet has benefits on heart health, and indirect benefits in managing diabetes and hypertension.
Stephanie Aboueid, RD
Nutrition: A functional approach by Judy Sheeshka, Pearson Education Canada; 2 edition.