Mediterranean Diet

A high-fat (40% of total calories consumed) diet that's supposed to be good for you. Hooray for Olive Oil and Fish.

Even fish doesn't get consumed that much - main focus seems to be fruits/veggies and grains (including potatoes!). Beans/legumes/nuts provide an alternative to meat.

(or is it the portion size?)

There is a general consensus among health professionals that the Mediterranean Diet is healthier than the North European and American diet because more grains, such as spaghetti, fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and olive oil are consumed.

They mention "whole grains" but don't clarify whether all the bread and pasta they recommend needs to be whole-grain (whole-wheat pasta blech), and they recommend rice without saying it needs to be brown.

And don't forget the red wine!

And exercise for Physical Fitness.

Sept'2006 - note that Obesity is increasing among French women

Feb'2013: About 30 percent of heart attacks, strokes and deaths from heart disease can be prevented in people at high risk if they switch to a Mediterranean diet rich in olive oil, nuts, beans, fish, fruits and vegetables, and even drink wine with meals, a large and rigorous new study has found. The findings, published on The New England Journal Of Medicine’s Web site on Monday, were based on the first major Clinical Trial to measure the diet’s effect on heart risks... The researchers were careful to say in their paper that while the diet clearly reduced heart disease for those at high risk for it, more research was needed to establish its benefits for people at low risk.

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