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The Mediterranean Diet by Ronald Ross Watson, Victor R. Preedy

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Chapter 1

On the Origins and Evolution of the Mediterranean Diet

Yardena Arnoni, MSc yardena.arnoni@mail.huji.ac.il; Elliot M. Berry, MD, FRCP elliotb@ekmd.huji.ac.il    Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School, Jerusalem, Israel

Abstract

The Mediterranean diet is reviewed in the context of history and culture. The health benefits of the Mediterranean diet are scientifically recognized. The ancient Mediterranean diet focuses on the seven biblical species—wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives, and date honey—together with other indigenous foods from the Middle East that radiated out of the cradle of civilization in Mesopotamia. In addition to food, lifestyle modification of the original Mediterranean tradition involves physical ...

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