Intrinsic to my philosophy and nutritional approach, is my support for the Mediterranean diet and its inherent health benefits. It originates in the olive-growing regions of the Mediterranean region.
In 2010, UNESCO inscribed the Mediterranean diet on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of Spain, Greece, Italy and Morocco. UNESCO states that:
“The Mediterranean Diet – from the Greek word díaita, lifestyle – is a social practice based on the set of skills, knowledge, practices and traditions ranging from the landscape to the cuisine, which in the Mediterranean basin concern the crops, harvesting, fishing, conservation, processing, preparation and, particularly, consumption. This set, recreated within and by the communities identified in the territories of the four States Parties, is unavoidably linked to a seasonal calendar marked by nature and religious or ritual meanings”1.
Olive oil forms an important foundation on which the Mediterranean diet is based. In addition, the diet emphasises the benefits of primarily eating plant-based foods – such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts. It supports a moderate weekly consumption of fish, poultry, potatoes and eggs. A low monthly consumption of red meat is recommended. Daily moderate to low consumption of wine is considered acceptable.
The health benefitsof a Mediterranean diet have been researched and clearly identified. Research 2 has shown that this traditional diet reduces the risk of:
Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease
Similarly, The New England Journal of Medicine 3 published their findings on a large clinical trial that measured the diet’s effect on heart risks. They concluded that about 3 in 10 (30%) of heart attacks, deaths from heart disease and strokes could be prevented in those who are at high risk, if they switch to a Mediterranean diet.
At Mediterranean Nutrition Clinic, we customise our treatment plans to suit the goals, challenges, health aspirations and personal preferences of our individual clients. We do so, however, within the broad framework of the Mediterranean diet because its health benefits are irrefutable.
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3 New England Journal of Medicine Source -