30 Aug '16, 7pm

Mediterranean Countries Forgot The Mediterranean Diet

Mediterranean Countries Forgot The Mediterranean Diet

The benefits of the Mediterranean diet became widely known after 1970, when Ancel Keys published the first installment in his long-term study of nutrition and health in Italy, Greece, and five other countries and found that the diet was associated with a low incidence of heart disease. The key traits of the diet are a high intake of carbohydrates (mostly bread, pasta, and rice) complemented by pulses (beans, peas, chickpeas) and nuts, dairy products (mostly cheese and yogurt), fruits and vegetables, seafood, and lightly processed seasonal foods, generally cooked with olive oil. It included much more modest quantities of sugar and of meat. Best of all, plenty of wine was taken with the food. Not all of the early conclusions have withstood the test of time. But today it is clear that it reduces the risk of cardiovascular problems, cuts the risk of certain cancers by about 10...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/biomedical/ethics/mediterranean-...

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