The Mediterranean Diet Loses on Reputation
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The Mediterranean Diet Loses on Reputation

The Mediterranean diet has been associated with lower rates of heart disease, diabetes and depression.

The Mediterranean diet has been associated with lower rates of heart disease, diabetes and depression.

Mediterranean food originates from the cultures adjacent to the Mediterranean Sea. This includes many countries and cultures including parts of the Middle East, Greece, Spain and Italy. Mediterranean food is famous for its bold flavors, colorful ingredients, and the variety of herbs and ingredients used in the dishes, most of these ingredients are native to area.

Pasta and fresh vegetables, meat and fish are staple base foods of the Mediterranean. Also Olive Oil,either fresh or cooked, is the basement for many foods in the Mediterranean.

But  little changes on the nutritional habits of the Mediterraneans seem to occur day by day. The following information is based on a research that has been made in order to see what is happening.

In the U.S., health gurus such as Mehmet Oz, encourage devotees to "eat like the Greeks do. According, however, to data from the Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) UN, Mediterranean people follow some of the most unhealthy diets in the world, while the Greeks are the most fat people of Europe, since 75% of the population is overweight or obese. But what do nowadays Mediterranean people eat?

The so-called Mediterranean diet, has always been something very complex. The Spanish population for example love pork, The Egyptians instead, because of conviction do not even touch it.

In some areas of the Mediterranean, pesto sauce is made ??with lard instead of oil, while each nation has its own traditional food ...

There is not only one Mediterranean diet, there are many, "said Dr. Ramie Zouraik, Professor of Agriculture at the American University of Beirut. These diets have certain common characteristics - lots of fruits and vegetables, lots of fresh foods, eaten in small plates, containing less meat - but have many differences.

Healthy versions of these different diets have another thing in common: They are supposed to be the food of the so called poor people. It means that the population eats for example , Lentil soup because of no other choice. Buy if they had another choice... this would be much worse.

I'm not sure that the Mediterranean diet is that one, that Mediterranean want to follow, "says Dr. Joseph Smintchoumper, an economist at the FAO. They admire the Western diet, which seem to indicate status and wealth.

Indeed, more than 50% of Italian, Portuguese and Spanish are now overweight - and obesity rates are increasing, particularly among young people who willingly exchange their eggplants with fried potatoes and milk shake.

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Comments (5)

This is outstanding work.


The old adage applies...'eat like your grandparents did.'

Some excellent points. i have only heard of the diet, never seen what it entails but you're very right in that the Med is a hugely varying region, with widely varied diets. A really great article :D

Yes, excellent. Voted up.

Good work. Good points. I have actually always been a proponent of the eat what you want when you want it and eat as much of it as you want. This has served me well all my life and I am not fat. And, no I don't have a "high metabolism" nor do I exercise like a fiend. I find that when I eat what I want, I get everything I need over the course of the week and I rarely have cravings. But if I do have cravings I just get it and eat it until I am sick of it. I know this probably doesn't work for most people but I think people should give it a try.