Mediterranean Diet Part II

Jun 21, 2019 759

The Mediterranean diet is a nutritional model inspired by the traditional heating habits of three European and one North African country: Italy, Greece, Spain and Morocco. In 2008 Italy presented an official request to UNESCO to introduce the Mediterranean diet as part of Civilization’s untangible heritage. In 2010, the request was formally accepted, and the Mediterranean diet became part of the UNESCO Intangible Heritage. According to UNESCO, the Mediterranean diet is a treasure equally shared by Cyprus, Croatia, Italy, Greece, Spain and Portugal.

The Mediterranean Diet finds its roots in the history, culture and lifestyle of Mediterranean countries. Its origin lies in the diet of ancient Greece and Rome, which favored the products of agriculture for their food. It was essentially based on the triad “bread-oil-wine,” supplemented by sheep cheese, garden vegetables (leeks, mallow, lettuce, chicory, mushrooms), a little meat and a distinct predilection for fish and seafood.

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