IFMeD researchers published a new model of the Mediterranean Diet, the MED DIET 4.0, which takes into consideration 4 dimensions. The nutritional aspects are integrated with cultural ones, low environmental impact and the positive consequences for local economy. Diet is not only a ‘’food rules’’ but a lifestyle too, which affects health, the environment and the society.
THE FOUR MEDITERRANEAN DIMENSIONS
PROVEN HEALTH BENEFITS
Thanks to the complete intake of positive and balanced nutrients and some sport activity, the Mediterranean Diet, contributes to promote a good health condition and to reduce the risk of certain chronical diseases, in particular cardiovascular diseases.
LOW ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
Based on the consumption of seasonal local products and foods that require low energy resources (e.g., cereals, legumes and vegetables), the Mediterranean Diet is sustainable and respects the planet.
HIGH SOCIO-CULTURAL VALUE
It is the expression of our Mediterranean territory, of our cultural richness, traditions, knowledge and tastes. It’s tradition, communities and generation exchange, it’s the past, the present and the future.
ECONOMIC RETURN ON THE TERRITORY
The adoption of the Mediterranean Diet promotes the local economy, the agricultural sector and the food & wine tourism but it also contributes in reducing families’ expenditure on food.
‘’The Mediterranean Diet is good for you. For the planet. For everyone.’’