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Pyramid composition

Mediterranean diet, health, Mediterranean food pyramid, healthy eating, local products, physical activity, socializing



Mediterranean food pyramid composition
The Mediterranean diet (MD) is a lifestyle with a protective of human health and the ecosystem. The first graphic representation of the food groups starts with the food wheel in 1970, later the food pyramid emerged. The MD is based on the traditional cuisines of Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal and other countries of the Mediterranean Sea.
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The Mediterranean Diet pyramid is a tool for education and public health purposes. It is shown in a graphic in a simple way, with examples of food products and their frequency of consumption. The MD pyramid is adapted to the local and traditional food of the countries with this culture and habits. Mediterranean Diet is not only a food diet by itself, but a lifestyle that combines sociability, culinary technology, physical activity, along with proportion and frequency recommendations of food consumption.
Representative Products
Fruit, vegetables, bread, garlic, onion, nuts, seeds, olive oil, cheese and yogurt.
The major risk of the MD food pyramid could be misinterpretation. It is a graphic representation with specific symbols and numbers of recommended daily portions. Some authors proposed other forms of graphic representation as food wheel or the plate.

Another concern is that the information should be continually updated when new foods appear.
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