What Is the Mediterranean Diet

It’s a delicious way to help with heart health, diabetes prevention, and more. But, think of it less as a diet and more as a flexible way to eat.

The Mediterranean Diet, Explained

While people who live in countries along the Mediterranean Sea consistently have longer life expectancies, people in North African countries along the Mediterranean eat much differently than Italians or those residing in Southern France.

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But what they have in common is eating an abundance of fresh produce, plant-based protein, fish, healthy fats, and whole grains, while limiting red meats, alcohol, and refined, processed foods. Think of it less as a diet and more as a flexible way to eat. And enjoy the world's healthiest diet by stocking up on the following:

Recipes for the Mediterranean Die

We've pulled together recipes for every season and every reason:

Browse our entire collection of Mediterranean Diet recipes.

This article originally appeared in the August/September 2020 issue of Allrecipes Magazine.

We're serving up and celebrating the biggest home-cooking trends from the most enthusiastic cooks we know: our community. We crunched the data from 1.2 billion annual Allrecipes.com visits and 2.5 billion annual page views. Then we dug even further, surveying Allrecipes cooks about what's in their carts and fridges, on their stovetops and tables, and on their minds. The Mediterranean Diet is just one of the topics they're most curious about. See more of the "State of Home Cooking" special report.

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