When you think of Mediterranean cuisines, the first things that probably come to mind are Greek-style platters stacked high with meat or carb-tastic Italian pastas with rich, creamy sauces.
But if you’re a lover of the above, we’re sorry to tell you that the Mediterranean Diet is almost the exact opposite.
In fact, the foods it promotes hark back to the Greek diet of old. Think lots of green leafy veggies, fresh fruits and a glass of wine (now that we can get on board with!)
In recent years, studies have suggested that this diet, though it is considered more of a lifestyle, can do everything from preventing heart disease to reversing diabetes and defeating depression.
We sat down with Dr Catherine Itsiopoulos from LaTrobe University in Melbourne to get the lowdown.
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