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3. Mediterranean Diet

Ever notice how healthy people from the Mediterranean are? Maybe it’s the Mediterranean sun or maybe it’s got something to do with the way they eat. While people in places like Greece, southern Italy and Spain tend to have a diet higher in fat, there are less instances of heart disease when compared to countries like Canada and the United States. It’s a paradox and one that has dietitians perplexed. The Mediterranean diet involves eating lots of olive oil, legumes, fruits, vegetables and whole grains, as well as fish and the occasional cheese, yogurt and wine. Any non-fish meats should be avoided – same goes for butter. So far, research on the effectiveness of the diet has been favourable, with reports showing a decreased risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes, lowered blood pressure and a longer cancer mortality rate. (Photo: Tumblr/homouscheesecake)

Year In Review: The top diet trends of 2017

From persistent favourites like the Atkins Diet and the Paleo Diet to the controversial Ketogenic Diet and the (kind of gross) Cabbage Soup Diet, these were the top-searched diet trends of 2016.