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Common Mistakes You Should Never Make On The Mediterranean Diet

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By Robert J. Matthews

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Eating too much saturated fat

Included among the healthy lipids advocated by the Mediterranean diet are monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. 

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Omega-3 lipids, which are also present in fatty fish such as salmon, tuna, and sardines, and omega-3 sources derived from plants like walnuts and canola oil, are also included.

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Nevertheless, the dietary regimen restricts the intake of saturated fats, which clog arteries and are present in foods like fatty meat portions, butter, full-fat ice cream, and poultry skin. 

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Eating too much added sugar

While the 2020–2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans advise a maximum of 10% of total calories to be devoted to added sugar, added sugar is not recommended on the Mediterranean diet.

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However, much like saturated fats, it is not necessary to completely abstain from added carbohydrates; rather, judicious selection of where to incorporate it and its quantity is sufficient.

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The majority of added sugar in the American diet originates from sugar-sweetened beverages; therefore, it is simple to substitute water or seltzer.

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Being a couch potato

The generally mild climate of the Mediterranean provides ample opportunity for walking, cycling, and other physical activities.

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In order to maintain a healthy lifestyle while adhering to this plan and the 2020–2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, regular exercise is an absolute necessity.

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