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Mediterranean Diet Listed in UNESCO

mediterranean dietThe Mediterranean diet has been listed as one of UNESCO's intangible cultural heritage treasures after being proposed by the governments of Greece, Spain, Italy and Morocco.

It was included on the list as a measure to safeguard the Intangible Cultural Heritage during an intergovernmental meeting held in Nairobi, Kenya, on November 17-19.

The 'List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding' is a list of cultural elements whose viability is at risk despite the efforts of the communities and groups that practice them.

In order to be inscribed on this list, states must pledge to implement special protection plans.

According to, it is a lifestyle that includes a high consumption of virgin olive oil and a high intake of vegetables and fruits. But with the changes in lifestyle in the Mediterranean region, people do not have as much time to cook and healthy diet is rapidly being eroded by fast food options that are high in fat and salt.


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