As you may know, the Mediterranean Diet was based on the eating habits of the people, living on the Greek island of Crete in the 1950’s and 60’s. These people had virtually no heart disease and had the highest life expectancy in the world at that time. Researchers recorded their eating habits and eventually came up with the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid. In their paper published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, physicians and nutrition researchers describe the Mediterranean diet as a diet based on food patterns typical of Crete, much of the rest of Greece, and southern Italy in the early 1960s, where adult life expectancy was among the highest in the world. These very same guidelines are also the official dietary guidelines of Greece.
If you are tired and confused with all those vague descriptions of a pseudo Mediterranean diet and want the real thing, you are at the right place! Scroll down to find just how many servings you need every day of each food group.
Authentic Mediterranean Diet Guidelines
*Table above has been developed and translated by Elena Paravantes. Unauthorized use of this table is prohibited.
And here is the original Greek Diet pyramid, which is essentially a Mediterranean diet: