IT has long been hailed as one of the world’s healthiest food regimes.
But the Mediterranean diet is dying out in Spain at least, according to a new report.
The Spanish Food and Nutrition Safety Agency (AESAN) has found that Spaniards are swapping olive oil, fresh salads and vegetables in favour of fast food, sweets and fizzy drinks.
The survey of 3,000 people showed only 43 per cent ate vegetables everyday and the majority were eating twice as much red meat as recommended.
It discovered that the lack of vegetables, fruit and cereals is causing binge eating and increasing cases of colon and breast cancer.
And with almost 50 per cent of Spaniards not doing any exercise, the country is seeing an obesity pandemic.
Alarmingly, over half of adults are overweight, while 27 per cent of children are obese.
President of AESAN Roberto Sabrido said: “Spaniards have turned their back on the Mediterranean diet.”
However, it’s not all bad news.
The survey found that women are eating better than men and the Spanish at least still eat around four portions of fish a week, far higher than their British counter parts.