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.
Safety and precautions
Almost no concerns or cautions are associated with this diet, with just a few exceptions for children and for some cancer patients:1Howard J. Is the Mediterranean diet good for kids, too? CNN. February 1, 2017. Viewed May 10, 2022.
- Children should drink whole milk until age two unless contraindicated by a medical condition such as lactose intolerance or dairy sensitivities.
- Whole nuts are not recommended for children under age four due to potential choking hazards.
- Wine and other alcoholic beverages are not legally consumable by children.
- People with cancer who have special nutritional needs should consult a dietician before changing their diet.