Mediterranean Diet

More evidence that it is not only good for you, but with nuts (why are so many folks allergic to nuts?  Real nuts, or tubers like peanuts and cashews masquerading?), apparently forms an almost optimal diet.

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  1. I’ve finally learned to enjoy olives, so I’m very good with that.

  2. Took me a while, too, but yeah, it’s worthwhile, plus, you get cheese.

  3. Alex

     /  December 10, 2008

    I like olive oil on bread, but I don’t care for olives (go figure). I do however, love Mediterranean cheeses. I bother my family quite a bit when I eat Parmesan by the slice or chunk as they think I’m weird for eating a condiment cheese straight.

    Thinking out loud – diets might make an interesting historical study. Did the Mediterranean diet lead to longer lives which led to more experience being kept around which in turn led to those Mediterranean city-states having a leg-up in defeating other non-Mediterranean city-states over a particular time period? Of course this seems like it would only hold up to 200 AD, after which Barbarian invasions throw this off.

    Again, thinking out loud, but one wonders what combination of factors, obvious and non-obvious, led to to the history we have today.

  4. Anna

     /  December 10, 2008

    Alex-check our Clifford Wright’s book that won him the James Beard prize, A Mediterranean Feast. He tries to trace back the roots of modern Mediterranean cuisine to its roots and uses a lot of ancient and old recipes. A good read and great recipes, even though his methodology and conclusions I disagree with.

  5. Alex

     /  December 11, 2008

    I’ll check this book out, thanks.


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