Is the term 'Mediterranean diet' a misnomer?
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Original versionBere, E., & Brug, J. (2010). Is the term 'Mediterranean diet' a misnomer? Public Health Nutrition, 13(12), 2127-2129. doi: 10.1017/s1368980010000480
OBJECTIVE: A greater adherence to what has been labelled the Mediterranean diet is associated with a significant improvement in health status. However, it is unclear what this diet really contains. The objective of the present study is to discuss the contents of the scientific Mediterranean diet. CONCLUSIONS: We argue that the evidence of the health-enhancing properties of the Mediterranean diet is not necessarily based on Mediterranean foods, and that we indeed do not have to eat Mediterranean foods to enjoy the health-promoting properties of the diet it represents. To maintain dietary variety, cultural diversity and heritage, as well as for environmental reasons, it seems more appropriate to promote regionally appropriate diets throughout the world - rather than a global Mediterranean diet.
Published version of an article from the journal: Public Health Nutrition. Also available from Cambridge University Press: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/s1368980010000480