Nutrition cause

Mediterranean diet

Traditionally, Western Europe has two broad nutritional approaches - the Northern European and Southern European. The Mediterranean Diet is Southern European, and more specifically focuses on the eating habits of the people of Crete, much of Greece, and southern Italy.

Today, Spain, southern France, and Portugal are also included; even though Portugal does not have a Mediterranean coast.

The Mediterranean diet includes
- Lots of plant foods
- Fresh fruit as dessert
- High consumption of beans, nuts, cereals (in the form of wheat, oats, barley, corn or brown rice) and seeds
- Olive oil as the main source of dietary fat
Cheese and yogurt as the main dairy foods
- Moderate amounts of fish and poultry
- No more than about four eggs each week
- Small amounts of red meat each week (compared to northern Europe)
- Low to moderate amounts of wine
- 25% to 35% of calorie intake consists of fat
- Saturated fat makes up no more than 8% of calorie intake

Protective A Factor
Measured in serving

There are 16 benefits of Mediterranean diet, including:

Lung cancer Respiratory outcome
Decreased risk of Lung cancer
Respiratory system

1 study

Dementia Brain outcome
Decreased risk of Dementia
Brain system

2 studies

Cognitive deficit Brain outcome
Decreased risk of Cognitive deficit
Brain system

1 study

Type 2 Diabetes Lymphatic outcome
Decreased risk of Type 2 Diabetes
Lymphatic system

1 study

Larynx cancer Respiratory outcome
Decreased risk of Larynx cancer
Respiratory system

2 studies

Oesophagus cancer Digestive outcome
Decreased risk of Oesophagus cancer
Digestive system

2 studies

Oral cavity and pharynx cancer Digestive outcome
Minor decreased risk of Oral cavity and phary...
Digestive system

2 studies

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There are 1 risk of Mediterranean diet, including:

Blood Pressure - Hypertension Cardiovascular outcome
Minor decreased risk of Blood Pressure - Hype...
Cardiovascular system

1 study

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