The Mediterranean Diet,
part of UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage of humanity
UNESCO & the Mediterranean Diet
On 17 November 2013, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) included the Mediterranean diet in its intangible cultural heritage of humanity list.
The term ‘diet’ encompasses the set of customs, skills, expertise and knowledge synthesised over the centuries by the Mediterranean peoples, in particular in Cyprus, Croatia, Spain, Greece, Italy, Morocco and Portugal, into a nutritional model based on the cultural environment, landscape, crops, preservation, processing, preparation and in particular consumption of food.
This model, consisting primarily of olive oil, cereals, fresh and dried fruit, vegetables, a moderate quantity of fish, meat and dairy produce, a variety of condiments and spices, all washed down with wine or teas, has remained constant in time and space.
In view of the (scientifically recognised) positive effects of the Mediterranean diet on levels of cholesterol in the blood and certain cardiovascular pathologies, it is no wonder the Mediterranean diet is consistently voted as one of the best diets by health and nutrition professionals.
The Mediterranean Diet
Prevention and Management
Numerous in-depth human studies have concluded that the Mediterranean diet appears to be a healthy option for preventing or managing heart disease, type 2 diabetes and other risk factors.
These same studies have also determined that the Mediterranean diet that is rich in EVOO, may also help you lose weight and it may likewise be a better option than the standard low fat diet.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Is the key to the Mediterranean Diet
The most recent edition of PREDIMED has once again proved, that olive oil is one of the Mediterranean diet’s key elements and that consumption of four to five tablespoons of raw extra virgin olive oil per day not only wards off heart disease, but also cognitive impairment and depression.
“Let thy food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”