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Mediterranean diet

The Mediterranean diet is a set of skills, knowledge, practices and traditions ranging from the landscape to the table, including the crops,  the harvesting, the fishing, the conservation, the processing, the preparation and,in particular, the consumption of food. The Mediterranean diet is characterized by a nutritional model remained constant in time and in the space, consists mainly by olive oil, cereals, fresh or dried fruit,and vegetables,a modest amount of fish, dairy products and meat,and many condiments and spices, all accompanied by wine or infusions, always in respect the traditions of each community.

The term “diet” refers the greek etymology “lifestyle” ,that is, the set of practices, representations, expressions,knowledge,skills, tastes and cultural spaces with which the people of the Mediterranean have created and recreated over the centuries a synthesis between the cultural environment, the social organization, the mythical and religious universe around eating. The Mediterranean diet has was awarded by UNESCO as a World Heritage List in 2010.

The Mediterranean diet is a set of eating habits of the people of the Mediterranean basin, which are consolidated in the centuries and remained almost unchanged until the economic boom of years 50.changed until the economic boom of years 50.

This set of habits consists mainly in abundant consumption of:

 

  • Bread
  • Pasta
  • Vegetables
  • Salad
  • Legumes
  • Fruit
  • Dried fruit

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In addition, the characteristics of the diet include a moderate consumption of fish, white meat, dairy products and eggs. Consumption of red meat and wine is limited compared to the diets of other areas of the world.

To ensure the intake of fat, among the peoples of the Mediterranean has spread the consumption of olive oil, which contains superior fat, less harmful than animals, and even healthy for the body.

The Mediterranean diet has the following key features:

 

  • Low in saturated fatty acids
  • Rich in carbohydrates and fiber
  • High content of monounsaturated fatty acids (mainly derived from olive oil).
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