…that is not a question the average Greek asks themselves.
For Greek people, eating is more important than breathing.
The Mediterranean diet is considered one of the most beneficial modern nutritional recommendations, mainly due to the health effects of olive oil, which we Greeks smother over EVERYTHING.
Of course it should be noted that the diet is ONLY beneficial if eaten in normal portions. By normal portions I do not mean a portion big enough for three people.
According to Wikipedia, the diet supposedly emphasises abundant plant foods, fresh fruit as a typical dessert, olive oil as the main source of fat, yoghurt, cheese, low levels of red meat, low alcohol intake, and zero to four eggs a week.
In my experience the Mediterranean diet consists of the following…(multiplied several times):
- 2 or more eggs a day
- A choice of steak, pork, lamb, beef or chicken every day served with potatoes, rice and vegetables
- A glass of wine or two with every meal
- A whole tub of yoghurt with fruit, and honey
- Nuts, nuts and more nuts
- Bread with every meal
- Cakes, sweets, syrup, chocolate.
And God help you if you refuse to eat any of it!