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Diet, Nutrition, & Health: Mediterranean Diet

A topic guide covering aspects of diet, nutrition, and health.

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Mediterranean Diet

Current research suggests that the Mediterranean diet may be the answer to a healthier heart, reduced risk of cancer and chronic diseases, and perhaps even the key to a longer life. In this video segment, find out why people living in Mediterranean areas are living longer than any other population on the planet, It's not just the food they eat; even though they eat a lot of food and a lot of olive oil, they are able to maintain a healthy bodyweight by doing a lot of physical work.

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The Mediterranean Diet

Over the past several years there has been increasing information in the medical literature regarding the health benefits of a Mediterranean diet.  Clinicians may not be informed on advances in nutrition, and studies have demonstrated that they do not spend much time discussing food as a means for promoting health with patients.  The Mediterranean Diet: A Clinician's Guide for Patient Care is an essential new volume that serves as an update and a reference for clinicians on the Mediterranean diet.  Specific diseases and the effects the Mediterranean diet have on them are outlined.  Diseases and conditions that are outlined include heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer's, depression, cancer, allergies, asthma, arthritis and diabetes.  A detailed analysis of the specific nutrients in a Mediterranean diet and the food groups containing them is also included.  A useful guide containing daily meal plans and and an extensive recipe section prepared by a team of dieticians can be found in the patient resources section.  The Mediterranean Diet: A Clinician's Guide for Patient Care provides a useful summary of the constituent components and health benefits of a Mediterranean diet to health professionals.

Health and Wellness - A Mediterranean Diet

Here, Chef Briwa demonstrates dishes that underscore the health benefits of Mediterranean cooking, including fava with tomato-braised capers, a North African salmon tagine, Greek salad over barley rusks, and a date and orange salad that can be enjoyed as mezze or dessert. Get a tutorial on making preserved lemons, which are substituted for vinegar in cultures that forbid alcohol.

Source: Kanopy