Oldways Leads 'Med Diet Month' Celebration

The Oldways Preservation Trust has set up an online quiz for those who want to see how their habits stack up against the world's healthiest diet.

May. 11, 2016
By Wendy Logan

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May is International Mediterranean Diet Month and as part of the edu­ca­tional and infor­ma­tive slate of events tak­ing place in sup­port of the pro­gram, con­sumers can now take a brief but fun online quiz that stacks their own eat­ing pat­terns against one of the health­i­est diets in the world. Fresh fish, beans and legumes, whole grains, boun­ti­ful veg­eta­bles and fruits, and olive oil pro­vide the foun­da­tion for the Med Diet.

Sara Baer-Sinnott, pres­i­dent of Oldways and one of the founders of the world­wide recog­ni­tion pro­gram, said that more than 1,000 peo­ple had taken the How Mediterranean is your diet?” quiz within the first week of its launch. She noted how far U.S con­sumers have come since 1993, when she helped pio­neer the intro­duc­tion of the diet to the American mar­ket. People were afraid of fat then,” she said. Not any­more.

The quiz, she said, is a new way of help­ing peo­ple become famil­iar with ways to make their diet health­ier. Every week another sci­en­tific study is released show­ing why this par­tic­u­lar diet is so (impact­ful). And then it’s so deli­cious!”

One cen­tral rea­son for that is olive oil. Baer-Sinnott quoted Greek nutri­tion­ist Antonina Trichopoulou con­sid­ered by some to be the mother of the Mediterranean Diet: Olive oil makes the veg­eta­bles go down.” It also con­tains, in its purest, fresh­est form, a slew of antiox­i­dant prop­er­ties that pre­vent and heal dis­ease.

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It’s so excit­ing,” Sinnott added. There are now so many dif­fer­ent olive oils to try and peo­ple are learn­ing that you can use dif­fer­ent ones in cook­ing and prepa­ra­tion, fin­ish­ing, and adding immense fla­vor. It’s fun to try oils from the U.S. but also inter­na­tion­ally from across the Mediterranean and coun­tries as far and wide as Australia and Chile, Japan, and beyond.”

Oldways is post­ing exclu­sive inter­views as Med Month” blogs with experts like the author Michael Pollen, Food Tank, and Trichopoulou to fur­ther delve into the ben­e­fits and deli­cious­ness of this approach to food. They’ll be offer­ing sug­ges­tions for favorite cook­books, recipes, tips, and more that relate to the cat­e­gory, and a free 28-day Mediterranean Diet plan is avail­able for all who take the quiz.

On May 19, in con­junc­tion with the Harvard School of Public Health and other Mediterranean Food Alliance part­ners, Sinnott and Oldways will be host­ing a Twitter party.

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