The temperate isles of the Mediterranean are home to sun, sea and delicious dishes thought to hold the key to good health.

But what is it that makes a Mediterranean diet quite so good for us?

A typical Mediterranean diet includes lots of vegetables, fruits, beans, cereals and cereal products, for example wholegrain bread, pasta and brown rice. It also contains moderate amounts of fish, white meat and some dairy produce.

It’s the combination of all these elements that seems to bring health benefits, but one of the key aspects is the inclusion of healthy fats. Olive oil, which is a monounsaturated fat, is most commonly associated with the Mediterranean diet but polyunsaturated fats are also present in nuts, seeds and oily fish.

Source http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/why-are-mediterranean-diets-so-healthy