Famed for keeping people slim, healthy and living longer, the Mediterranean diet has followers all over the world.
However, the diet is being increasingly shunned by people who live in the Med as the convenience of fast food gains popularity.
The renowned low-fat, high-fiber diet has "decayed into a moribund state" in its traditional regions, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
So sharp is the decline that governments from the region are scrambling to protect their traditional fare from becoming an "endangered" species.
Populations surrounding the Mediterranean Sea, such as Greece, Spain and Italy, tend to eat these foods, and governments there have joined forces to apply for their diet to be placed on the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) Heritage list. Read full article »