The Med. diet was first published in Reader's Digest years ago. The authors were an American couple who worked as script writers, names forgotten. They lived on a Greek island village, and were part of the community. One day the lady said to her husband " we go to birthdays, christenings, weddings and anniversaries, how come we never go to funerals?" They investigated from there, the article became a Reader's Digest book. All aspects of diet in the Med. coastal areas were covered. What is often overlooked is that this is a COASTAL DIET. The factors of coastal soil,limey, can't sustain beef production, hilly terrain, not wealthy, growing own food, contributed to results from Israel to Morocco, Croatia to Cyprus. They found a commonality of health results not repeated in inland and mountainous regions in these countries. They devised a food triangle: olives and olive oil, grapes and wine and hard wheat for breads and pasta. combined with attitude to life, a love of fruit and salads, and hard work on farms and vineyards, these coastal peoples enjoyed healthy old age. I agree olive oil is not a good food. but is probably better than most. I use it sparingly. Regards John.
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