What are the best recipes for a Mediterranean diet?


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According to the AllRecipes.com staff, the top Mediterranean diet recipes include Mediterranean Greek salad, baked falafel and Mediterranean fish. Some of the most popular dishes according to the users of the website are Greek chicken pasta, spinach and feta pita bake and Greek penne chicken, as of February 2015.

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The Mediterranean diet focuses on fresh, natural foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and pasta. It also has a high fat content, as over one-third of the calories consumed typically come from fat. However, the fat comes from healthy sources, such as olive oil, nuts, avocados and fish. This makes the diet high in monounsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids but low in saturated fat.

The diet tends to be low in protein, as meat and eggs are not a part of most meals. Red meat in particular is avoided due to the saturated fat content. A glass of red wine, which has been linked to heart health, is part of the diet and often accompanies dinner. Benefits of the diet can include weight loss, improved brain function and cardiovascular benefits, such as lowering blood pressure and LDL cholesterol. Part of the benefit of the Mediterranean diet comes from the Mediterranean lifestyle, which encourages physical activity and laid-back meals.

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