Thanks to the initiative of Morocco, Spain, Greece and Italy, the Mediterranean Diet is not only a healthy, balanced and sustainable lifestyle, but it has also been recognized by UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity back in November 2010. A ‘food rule” which is also ‘’lifestyle’’ and the research of balance, health, wellness and sociability.
The Mediterranean Diet is an integrated system of skills, knowledge, experiences and traditions that start from the lands and reach our tables, through the farming, the harvest, the fishing, the preservation and the transformation, the preparation as well as the food consumption and the connections between it and the society.
A model that is ready to be rediscovered by anyone, and not only by the scientific world. For the planet’s and our own sake.
A little bit of History
Although the Mediterranean Diet’s thousands years old roots belong to the Mediterranean basin, the first expert who enhanced its value again was the American doctor Ancel Keys back in the 50’s. Through his research program ‘’Seven Countries Study’’, which analysed the food regimes of groups of people from 7 different countries, Keys highlighted that the mortality rate due to heart attacks was lower in the Mediterranean Countries than in others Countries, such as Holland and Finland, where the consumption of saturated fats was much higher. On the contrary, in Italy, Greece and the former Yugoslavia, where the diet is based on unsaturated fats like olive oil, the cardiovascular mortality rate was lower. In love with our Country, its gastronomic tradition and the quality of the Mediterranean life, Keys had spent his last 40 years in Pioppi, hamlet of Pollica’s district in the Cilento.
The Mediterranean Diet in 10 points
- 01 It is a lifestyle model, from the greek word ‘’diaita’’
- 02 It is a varied and balanced food regime
- 03 Is made of simple food: cereals, oil, fish, legumes and vegetables
- 04 It favours seasonal eating, made of good and sustainable food
- 05 It reduces the consumption of saturated fats
- 06 It respects the territory and the biodiversity
- 07 It stands for wellness and promotes health
- 08 It’s an active lifestyle, which involves exercise and sport
- 09 It’s sharing, sociability and joy of life
- 10 It belongs to each one of us