“according to the Mediterranean diet olive oil is the only oil to be used for cooking”

Research carried out internationally has demonstrated that inhabitants of the Mediterranean Region live longer and have fewer cardiac problems and other related diseases. Studies have shown that this is attributed to their particular nutrition, which is characterized as The Mediterranean Diet, and which continues to gain recognition in Europe, America and Asia.
In accordance with this Diet, people should eat a lot of pulses, pasta and cereals, much fruit and many vegetables, a limited amount of cheese products, fish and poultry and the least amount of red meat. The meal should be accompanied by a small glass of red wine. Cooking should be done only with olive oil. The experts, however, emphasize the Mediterranean Diet is not a panacea in itself. Together with the correct diet, one also needs some type of athletic activity and exercise like swimming, walking etc. to live a long and healthy life.