History of the Mediterranean Diet

History of the Mediterranean Diet

Introduced in 1993 by the WHO (World Health Organization) and the Harvard School of Public Health, the Mediterranean diethas become a sensation since it’s introduction at a conference in Cambridge MA.

It has widely been considered as the ‘gold standard’ for the promotion of longevity and good health. The pyramid structure of the diet represents the healthy traditional Mediterranean diet found in traditional places such as Greece, Crete and Southern Italy in the 1960’s where life expectancy was among the highest in the world even though medical services were limited in these areas.

The diet is closely related to the tradition of areas that produce olive oil. It is referred to as the ‘Traditional Mediterranean Diet’ which was used in the region at the time.

Previous Oldways Mediterranean Diet Traditions Conference

15th Anniversary Mediterranean Diet Symposium (Cambridge, MA, November 2008)
Rebirth of Learning (Sicily, April 2008)
World Pasta Day: Pasta For All (Mexico City, October 2007)
Taste of Pugila (June 2007)
Istanbul, Turkey: Gastronomic Crossroads (March 2007)
Olivita (Puglia, 2006)
World Pasta Day: Pasta at the Heart of the Mediterranean Diet (Rome, 2006)
Piemonte: One Bite at a Time (Piedmont, 2006)
Toscana Culinaria (Tuscany, 2006)
La Cucina Campana (New York, 2006)
Marriage of the Stars: Oldways Colloquium on Traditional Foods (New York City, 2006)
Sicilia Culinaria (Sicily, 2005)
Tuscany – Health, Taste and Tradition; CME Program (Tuscany, 2004)
Sicily – Reviving Heritage, Foods and Wine (Sicily, 2004)
Healthy Pasta Meal Conference (Rome, 2004)
World Pasta Day (New York, 2004)
International Conference on the Mediterranean Diet – 10th Anniversary (Boston, 2003)
The Real French Paradox; CME Program (Bordeaux, 2002)
Legendary Salerno: Foods and Wines, Myths and History (Salerno, 2002)
Cultural Traditions and the Ligurian Mediterranean Diet – CME Program (Liguria Italy, 2001)
Traditions, Tastes, and Tables of Emilia Romagna (Modena. Italy, 2000)
International Conference on the Mediterranean Diet (London, 2000)
Liguria’s Land, Sea and Mediterranean Diet (San Remo, Rapallo and Genoa, 1998)
International Conference on the Mediterranean Diet (Cambridge, Mass., 1998)
Crete, Greece, and Healthy Mediterranean Diets (Crete, 1997)
Barcelona Congress on the Mediterranean Diet (Barcelona, 1996)
The Heart of Puglia (Bari and Fasano, Italy, 1999)
The Magic of the North Aegean (Lesbos and Chios, 1999)
Wine’s Place at a Healthy Table (San Francisco, 1994 and New York, 1996)
Celebrating Puglia’s Healthy, Traditional Mediterranean Cuisines (Lecce, Italy, 1995)
International Congress on Turkish Foods, Wines and Culture (New York, 1995)
Coffee and Health (San Francisco, 1994)
Morocco: Culinary Riches, Elegant Flavors (Casablanca, Fez, and Marrakech, 1994)
International Congress on Italian Gastronomy (Rome and Florence, 1994)
International Conference on the Mediterranean Diet (San Francisco, 1994)
Tree Nuts, Health and the Mediterranean Diet (San Francisco, 1994)
Raisins, Dried Fruit and the Mediterranean Diet (San Francisco, 1994)
Coffee and Health and the Mediterranean Diet San Francisco, 1994)
International Conference on the Mediterranean Diet (Cambridge, Mass., 1993)
Cultural, Historical and Health Perspectives on Turkey’s Foods and Wines (Istanbul, 1993)
Tunisia! The Splendors and Traditions of Its Cuisines and Culture (Jerba, Sfax, and Tunis, 1993)
Food, Culture and Discovery: Columbus to the 21st Century (Barcelona, Seville, Madrid, 1992)
Wine and Diverging Models of Healthy Eating: The French Paradox (New York, 1992)
America Cooks – Mediterranean Style! One-hour video (1991)
Cultural Models for Healthy Eating: From Asia to the Mediterranean (Los Angeles, 1991)
The Foods and Wines of Greece (Porto Carras, Greece, 1991)
Florida as Crossroads: Olive Oil and the Cuisines of the New World (Miami and Palm Beach FL, 1991)

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