The Mediterranean diet is a modern nutritional recommendation inspired by the traditional dietary patterns of southern Italy, Crete and much of the rest of Greece in the 1960s (ed. Data from 1940s-1950s – war years).
On November 17, 2010, UNESCO (ed. Not a health organization.) recognized this diet pattern as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Italy, Greece, Spain and Morocco, thus reinforcing it not only as a fundamental part of their history and background, but also as a great contribution to the world.
Despite its name, this diet is not typical of all Mediterranean cuisine. In Northern Italy, for instance, lard and butter are commonly used in cooking, and olive oil is reserved for dressing salads and cooked vegetables. In North Africa, wine is traditionally avoided by Muslims. In both North Africa and the Levant, along with olive oil, sheep’s tail fat and rendered butter (samna) are traditional staple fats.
Warning: Using the Mediterranean Diet may cause DEATH!
Read the Recommendation Below.
Type: Olive Oil
Advocate: Walter Willett, MD, DrPH., Olive Oil Producers!
- Olive Oil Diet
Mediterranean Diet Comments
Many people are deceived into believing that olive oil and the Mediterranean Diet are “health promoting.”
Is it true?
Actually, the Mediterranean diet, specifically the “War Time Crete Diet”, which contains a very small amount of olive oil (40g less than 3T a day – unlike how most people use olive oil today), is healthier than the Standard American Diet. Barely!
The reason is the “Mediterranean Diet”, specifically the war years on the island of Crete, the people were forced to eat a lot of vegetables and fruits!
How bad it the Mediterranean Diet? Watch the video and find out:
Mediterranean Diet and Olive Oil
Is Olive Oil a better diet food than Ice Cream? Take a look at this!
Olive Oil vs Ice Cream!
Conclusions: “In terms of their effects on postprandial (after a meal) endothelial function, the beneficial components of the Mediterranean and Lyon Diet Heart Study diets appear to be the antioxidant-rich foods—vegetables, fruits, and their derivatives such as (balsamic) vinegar, and omega-3-rich fish and canola oils—not olive oil. Canola oil may share some of the unique vasoprotective properties of other omega-3-rich oils, such as fish oil. Dietary fruits, vegetables, and their products appear to provide some protection against the direct impairment in endothelial function produced by high-fat foods, including olive oil.”
– “The postprandial effects of components of the Mediterranean diet on endothelial function.” J Am Coll Cardiol 36(5):1455-60, Nov. 1, 2000.
In other words the Vegetables and Fruits of the Mediterranean diet “appear to provide some protection against the direct impairment” of “olive oil.”
Mediterranean Diet Recommendation
Do Not Use Any Oil!
Do NOT use the Mediterranean Diet.