A Mediterranean diet is high in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and olive oil and low in meat, sweets, and saturated fat. It is linked to lower risks of cancer and relief of some symptoms and imbalances common among people with cancer.
Affordability and access
Other names and brands
- Omega diet
- Whole foods diet
- Plant-based diet
Where to access
The foods and ingredients used in the Mediterranean diet are commonly available in grocery stores throughout the USA and Canada. Many substitutions of foods with a similar nutritional value are possible. Some examples:
- Oats, rye, or brown rice for whole wheat
- Cilantro, cumin, cinnamon, ginger, and other seasonings for rosemary and basil
- Berries or melons for stone fruits
With substitutions, a “Mediterranean” diet can conform to many tastes and cultural preferences from around the world.
- Generally inexpensive (less than $500 US/year extra cost compared to other diets)