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Mediterranean Madness: FAQs About a Centuries-Old “Diet”
September 15, 2008
One of my colleagues is on a cruise of the Mediterranean right now. After the week I’ve had at work, I have to say I’m a little envious. Speaking of the Mediterranean, there’s been a flurry of information lately about what’s called the "Mediterranean diet." Have you heard of this? No, it’s not the latest fad diet to come along. In fact, this "diet," which is really a way of eating, has been around for hundreds of years.
What is the Mediterranean diet?
Why is the Mediterranean diet so good for me?
What foods are included in the diet?
As far as protein choices go, fish and poultry are emphasized, while red meat is recommended only a few times per month, with the maximum amount being 12 to 16 ounces per month. Up to four eggs per week are “allowed”. And some cheese and yogurt is okay to eat each day, preferably lower-fat versions.
Olive oil is the primary fat in the Mediterranean diet, and very little, if any, butter or margarine is consumed to keep your saturated fat intake down. Nuts and seeds are encouraged although they are high in calories, so moderation is important.
Wash it all down with a glass of red wine—one to two glasses per day for men, one glass per day for women—unless you have particular reasons or health concerns for not drinking alcohol.
What about physical activity?
What about calories?
How can I get started?
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