The original Mediterranean Diet
Recognized as one the healthiest and more nutritious, the diet consists of food from natural sources. Fresh and dried fruits, pulses (like lentils), wild greens, endemic wild herbs and rough cereals are eaten in great amounts.
Olive oil - main supply of fat
Almost three times more fat is consumed than what we may eat in North America. And, compared to other Mediterranean countries, olive oil represents a higher intake of daily calories, between 35-40%. The difference being that most of it is use it without it being boiled or fried. And, unlike other oils or animal based fats, olive oil mostly consists of monounsaturated fats and resists to oxidation. Cretans also consume more bread than most but it is mainly whole wheat and grain based.