Armony in health 29 April, 2017 Isabel Vallejo
Confirmed by many medical studies, due to its health benefits, the Mediterranean diet has become one of the most recognized food models in the world.
Common in the countries that surround the Mediterranean Sea (Portugal, Palestine, Spain, Lebanon, Egypt and Italy), this diet can be considered a lifestyle, as it is more than just a set of food restrictions or nutrition standards. As the publication, Slow Food as a Means of Dialogue in the Mediterranean states, the Mediterranean diet is a “… balanced combination of fresh, local and seasonal food products (…) that have been passed on from generation to generation for centuries.” This diet has gone beyond its borders, reaching different countries and cultures.
This publication is part of a project financed by the European Union that interviewed older adults who could pass on their knowledge of the Mediterranean diet. This turned into a set of recipes designed especially for children and the different meals they eat throughout the day: breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, dinner and dessert. The results of this project can be found on the online recipe book: slowmed.eu/media/sm-book-web-es.pdf
A Mediterranean diet consists of:
- Large amounts of bread, pasta, vegetables, legumes, fruits, nuts and seeds
- Olive oil as the main source of fat
- The limited consumption of red meats
- The moderate consumption of fish, mollusks and crustaceans, poultry, dairy products, and wine with meals
- Water as the main beverage
Together with moderate physical activity, this diet makes for a healthy lifestyle.