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Mediterranean Pyramid

This pyramid, representing a healthy, traditional Mediterranean diet, is based on the dietary traditions of Crete, much of the rest of Greece and southern Italy circa 1960, structured in light of current nutrition research. The selection of these regions and this time period as a basis for the design follows from three considerations:

Recognition that the rates of chronic diseases were among the lowest in the world and adult life expectancy was among the highest for these populations at that time, even though medical services were limited.

Availability of data describing the character of food consumption patterns of the areas at that time; and

The convergence of the dietary patterns revealed by these data and our current understanding of optimal nutrition based on epidemiological studies and clinical trials worldwide.


The picture of the food pyramid is courtesy of:
U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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