Daily Archives: October 25, 2014

  • Mediterranean Diet International Year meeting in Spain

    The headquarters of the European Institute of the Mediterranean Food (Ieamed) in Malaga will host on Monday, October 27th the commemoration act of the Mediterranean Diet International Year, a meeting that will involve eight prestigious Andalusian chefs who are committed to following the guidelines this type of gastronomy.

    Therefore, Spanish chefs Borja Arenas, Israel Ramos, Celia Jiménez, Juan Andrés Morilla, Xanty Elías, Juan Carlos Trujillo, Diego del Río and Willy Moya will be responsible for translating, through the sum of its creations, the union of the territories that share these eating habits despite the distance between them.

    The recipes that these chefs will execute are a sample of the many possibilities offered by this traditional diet of the Mediterranean Basin which achieves its singling through the creations of chefs, as reported by the Andalusian Ministry of Agriculture.

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  • A supplemented Mediterranean diet can lead to metabolic syndrome reversal...

    Metabolic syndrome is characterized by risk factors that increase an individual’s chances for cardiovascular disease. These risk factors include obesity, hypertension, high cholesterol and uncontrolled blood glucose. In addition to cardiovascular disease, those with metabolic syndrome are at increased risk for type 2 diabetes. The Mediterranean diet is considered by many dieticians as a viable option for those suffering from diabetes and hypertension. A previous study with a one year follow-up has shown the diet’s ability to reverse metabolic syndrome.

    The purpose of this study was to use a longer follow-up of 4.8 years to determine the long-term impact of the Mediterranean diet on metabolic syndrome. Subjects were randomly assigned to one of three groups: Mediterranean diet with supplemental extra virgin olive oil, Mediterranean diet with supplemental nuts or advice for following a low-fat diet. The primary outcome for this study was metabolic syndrome status, both incidence and reversal. Having metabolic syndrome was defined as having at least three of the cardiometabolic risk factors previously discussed. Cox regression analysis was used to determine the hazard ratios and to calculate the confidence intervals.

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  • Americans’ olive oil importers dispute standard settings

    A U.S. industry group representing olive oil importers is hoping to boost Americans’ knowledge of olive oil. Part of the effort includes a push for more uniform quality ratings in response to new standards in California that would set the Golden State’s oil apart from imported versions.

    Did you know that, unlike wine, olive oil does not get better with age? Or that light olive oil is actually not lower in calories than other variations, such as extra virgin?

    According to a new study from the North American Olive Oil Association, only a quarter of Americans report they are very knowledgeable about these and other olive oil facts. NAOOA is hoping to change that and clear up confusion about olive oil by sharing health information as well as tips, such as where and how to store olive oil, with nutrition and food experts who can then inform the public.

    “There remains a lot of work to be done to help make olive oil a mainstay in kitchens across the United States,” Eryn Balch, NAOOA executive vice president, said in a statement. “The nation’s top food and nutrition experts have embraced the health messages about olive oil already. Now we hope they’ll be a key part of addressing consumer confusion, debunking myths, and fostering a better understanding of olive oil’s taste, versatility, and well-documented health benefits.”

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