Mediterranean Diet Foods Restricted

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The Mediterranean diet restricts or totally bans the following foods:

  • Alcohol other than red wine
  • Deep fried foods
  • Foods high in saturated fats
  • Foods with additives
  • Processed foods
  • Refined foods
  • Sugar
The Mediterranean diet restricts all alcohol other than red wine


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