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What is the Mediterranean diet? 

The Mediterranean diet is a diet inspired by the eating habits of people who live near the Mediterranean Sea.

When initially formulated in the 1960s, it drew on cuisines in Greece, Italy, and Spain. 

In decades since, it has also incorporated other Mediterranean cuisines, such as those in the Levant and North Africa.

In general, the diet is high in vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, beans, cereals, grains, fish, and unsaturated fats such as olive oil. 

It usually includes a low intake of meat and dairy foods.

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