However enticing 'the perfect Mediterranean diet' may sound, the mere mention of the word 'diet' can provoke a negative reaction in many people. Diets are associated with sacrifice and prohibited pleasure, and illness. However, the Mediterranean diet consists of a healthy and varied combination of foods. Moreover, while undoubtedly pleasant and appetizing, a Mediterranean diet consumed in the correct way can prevent a number of medical conditions. The typical diet of the communities in the countries which encircle the Mediterranean includes fresh fruit and vegetables, pulses and grains, and fish, as well as meat and dairy products. These ingredients are universally prepared and consumed with olive oil. In this article, Elena León Carralafuente looks at the health benefits of olive oil for people with diabetes, and for those without the condition.
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