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THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET



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This dietary model, which originated in the countries of the Mediterranean basin, rich in fruit, vegetables, pulses, whole grain cereals, fish, dried fruit and low animal fat content.

DISCOVER THE MILESTONES OF THE SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY CONSENSUS

1939 Lorenzo Piroddi, considered the father of the Mediterranean Diet, was the first physician to understand the potential connections between diet and diseases such as diabetes, bulimia or obesity.

Ancel Keys, physician-scientist at the University of Minnesota, scientifically proved the nutritional value of the Mediterranean Diet in the well-known "Seven Countries Study".

The correlation between certain types of diet and longevity became a branch of studies in 1990. He proved that adopting a Mediterranean Diet acts as protection against the most common chronic diseases.

Oldways, together with the Harvard School of Public Health and the European Office of the World Health Organization, introduced the Food Pyramid as a graphic representation for the Mediterranean Diet.

A 4-year study conducted on 600 heart attack patients demonstrated that the Mediterranean Diet plays a very important role in the secondary prevention of coronary diseases.

During the first Italian Mediterranean Diet International Symposium, at the Tor Vergata University of Rome, the criteria of nutritional adequacy of the Italian Mediterranean Diet as reference point were defined.

UNESCO included the Mediterranean Diet in the list of Intangible World Heritage of Humanity.

The results of authoritative studies (PREDIMED, REGARDS, Nurses Health Study) proved that the Mediterranean model is associated with a reduced risk for cardiovascular diseases, less probability of developing cognitive problems and greater longevity.

American and Italian studies pointed out that consumption of foods typical of the Mediterranean Diet helps longevity and reduces risks for certain types of cancer.

Two Italian Epidemiologic studies show that pasta consumption, in the contest of the Mediterranean Diet, is associated with a decrease in body mass index and a lower waist circumference.

A study (EPIC) among 32,119 Italian subjects shows that participants with highest adherence to Mediterranean Diet have lower risk of becoming overweight or obese and developing abdominal obesity

THE FOOD PYRAMID

Fruit

Daily consumption, even more times a day>

Vegetables

Daily consumption, even more times a day>

Grains

Daily consumption, even more times a day>

Oil, Herbs and Spices

Daily consumption, even more times a day>

Dried fruit

Daily consumption in small quantity>

Legumes

At least two times a week>

White Meat

Moderate servings, eat a few times a week>

Eggs

Moderate servings, eat a few times a week>

Cheeses

Moderate servings, eat a few times a week>

Yoghurt

Moderate serving, even daily>

Red Meat

Eat less frequently>

Sweets

Eat less frequently>

Cookies

Moderate servings>

Water

Abundantly>

Red wine

Moderate consumption>

Fish

At least two times a week>

The Food Pyramid is the "graphic key" to depict the Mediterranean food model. In the Food Pyramid the different types of food are placed according to the different nutritional content. The recommendation is to gradually eat less quantity and less frequently those foods which are at the top of the pyramid.

Food Pyramid, the Double Pyramid - Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition

HEALTH BENEFITS OF THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET HAVE BEEN CONFIRMED BY SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH

Extends life>

Reduces the risk of cardiac diseases>

Protects from diabetes and obesity>

ACTIVE LIFESTYLE

It is always important for a correct lifestyle to incorporate a balanced diet, regular physical activity and a convivial approach to eating.

CALORIES AND NUTRIENTS

Percentages and distribution

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