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Roundtable to Offer Practical, Peer-to-Peer Approach to Mediterranean Diet

Mar. 5, 2015
By Elena Paravantes

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The first Mediter­ranean Diet Round­table will bring together doc­tors and nutri­tion­ists along with food indus­try pro­fes­sion­als, man­u­fac­tur­ers, trade orga­ni­za­tions and agen­cies as well as food­ser­vice rep­re­sen­ta­tives in an effort to increase the pres­ence of healthy foods of the Mediter­ranean diet in Amer­i­can cui­sine and pro­vide a bet­ter under­stand­ing of the health and com­mer­cial value of offer­ing this diet in a vari­ety of set­tings.

The event that will take place in New York on April 9, will focus on the pos­i­tive impact on health and well-being, from a sci­en­tific, cul­tural and culi­nary point of view, while offer­ing a one-of-a-kind oppor­tu­nity to net­work with the industry’s opin­ion lead­ers, media, importers and dis­trib­u­tors.

roundtable-to-offer-practical-peertopeer-approach-to-mediterranean-diet-olive-oil-times-mdrlogo01101411The Round­table is pos­si­bly the first event in the U.S. Food Indus­try that tries to bring the topic of the Mediter­ranean Diet to a really prac­ti­cal level,” noted Daniela Puglielli, founder of the ini­tia­tive. While there are many sci­en­tific con­fer­ences and trade shows on the topic, there has not been a thor­ough dis­cus­sion with a peer-to-peer approach.” Ses­sions will also cover top­ics such as menu engi­neer­ing, food dis­play strate­gies, mar­ket trends and seg­men­ta­tion, the lat­est FDA reg­u­la­tions and food safety issues.

Dr. Artemis Simopou­los, founder and pres­i­dent of the Cen­ter for Genet­ics, Nutri­tion and Health and author of The Omega Diet, explained: Research sug­gests that the Mediter­ranean diet, espe­cially the tra­di­tional diet of Crete prior to 1960, is best for heart health and over­all health for Amer­i­cans.”

With the sci­en­tific evi­dence behind it, the Mediter­ranean diet can be an ideal eat­ing pat­tern not only for the gen­eral pop­u­la­tion but also for spe­cific dis­ease states. The recent report by the U.S. Dietary Guide­lines Advi­sory Com­mit­tee is rec­om­mend­ing a Mediter­ranean style diet for the first time. A good under­stand­ing of its appli­ca­tion is seen as an impor­tant step for food, nutri­tion and health pro­fes­sion­als.

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