The Mediterranean Diet is based on the dietary traditions of olive-growing regions in the Mediterranean (principally Crete, much of the rest of Greece, and southern Italy). It was originally developed after multiple studies concluded that the rates of chronic diseases in these regions were among the lowest in the world, and adult life expectancy was among the highest. This diet preserves and re-vitalizes, within a modern lifestyle, centuries-old customs that contribute to excellent health and a wonderful sense of pleasure and
FoodMatch´s extensive range of olives, antipasti, oils and ingredients gives North Americans easier access to the core products of the Mediterranean Diet guidelines.
The Mediterranean Diet pyramid below is an easy-to-understand approach to determining which foods to favor and how often to eat them. This pyramid pictures a diet for most healthy adults, and minor adjustments should be made for children, women in their reproductive years, and other special population groups.