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Mediterranean Diet

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What Is the Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean Diet is a nutritional model which is considered of such international cultural importance that UNESCO, the Educational and Scientific Organisation of the United Nations, has declared it in 2013 an "Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity". (For sources, see the references at the end of this article.)

UNESCO describes the Mediterranean Diet as involving a set of skills, knowledge and traditions about crops, harvesting, conservation, processing, cooking, and particularly the sharing of food.

Eating together is fundamental to the Mediterranean culture of food, is an important moment of social life and communication, an affirmation of family or community identity, it's central to festivals, events and celebrations. It emphasises values of hospitality and neighbourliness.

Craftsmanship and techniques for the production, preservation and consumption of food include ceramic plates and glasses. respect for seasonal rhythms, markets. All this is transmitted to each new generation, and so the tradition continues.

This ideal picture has partly been eroded in Italy in recent decades, but, whereas in other countries the tradition of family meals has received massive attacks, in Italy it still resists more strongly than elsewhere in the Western world.

 

Italian extra virgin oilve oil

Italian extra virgin olive oil

Where to buy Mediterranean foods and ingredients on the internet

IN THE UK

If you don't have much time to cook, a healthier alternative to take-aways - over whose use of ingredients you have no control, and which tend to overuse salt, saturated fats and other unhealthy in high doses but convenient ingredients - is Gousto

Gousto is a service delivering at your home nice, fresh ingredients that you select from a menu of recipes. They will give you the cooking instructions too, so you can have a varied, restaurant-style multitude of dishes that you can prepare at home following the recipes.

It's like eating at a restaurant for high-quality, deliciousness and variety, but with a control over the ingredients that you don't have when you eat outside. And good ingredients are particularly important when it comes to health.

Gousto has been voted by The Guardian newspaper the No 1 Ingredients Delivery Service.

Some of Gousto's dinners, epecially the Quick and Easy Recipes , take less than 15 minutes or 20 minutes to prepare at home, less time than it takes for a takeaway to arrive. They have Tuscan, Persian, Thai, Indian, Mexican, Texan, vegetarian, Chinese, Vietnamese.

There are also family-friendly meals.

If you love food, follow the Gousto blog too.

 

You can buy Mediterranean foods from Amazon UK at this link:

Mediterranean Foods

IN USA

 

References:

UNESCO on Mediterranean Diet

 

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