Wondering why the Mediterranean diet is like no other?
The Mediterranean diet was declared Intangible Universal Heritage in 2010 by UNESCO as a result of a collective effort carried on by Spain, Greece, Italy and Morocco´s governments and under the supervision of The Mediterranean Diet Foundation.
Mediterranean food decalog of priorities for a healthy eating combines olive oil, cereals, fresh or dried fruit and vegetables, dairy goods -as yogurt and cheese-, a moderate amount of fish, dairy and meat, and many condiments and spices, all accompanied by wine or infusions, always respecting beliefs of each community. Although a balance is key in the diet. Do not abuse red meet, sweets and wine! Take them in moderate quantities.
The Mediterranean diet is additionally a set of skills, knowledge, practices and traditions ranging from the landscape to the table, including the crops, harvesting, fishing, conservation, processing, preparation and, particularly, consumption of food.
However, the Mediterranean diet (from the Greek 'diaita', or way of life) encompasses more than just food. It promotes social interaction, since communal meals are the cornerstone of social customs and festive events. It has given rise to a considerable body of knowledge, songs, maxims, tales and legends.
The system is rooted in respect for the land and biodiversity, and ensures the conservation and development of traditional activities and crafts linked to fishing and farming in the Mediterranean communities which Soria in Spain, Koroni in Greece, Cilento in Italy and Chefchaouen in Morocco are examples.
Women play a particularly vital role in the transmission of expertise, as well as knowledge of rituals, traditional gestures and celebrations, and the safeguarding of techniques. Mamma mía! Join the growing group of the Mediterranean diet followers. Your body will shout: Thanks!