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Back in in 2013, the Mediterranean diet was inscribed in the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. One of the aspects that highlights the social and human significance of the Mediterranen way of eating is: ''Eating together is the foundation of the cultural identity and continuity of communities throughout the Mediterranean basin. It is a moment of social exchange and communication, an affirmation and renewal of family, group or community identity. The Mediterranean diet emphasizes values of hospitality, neighbourliness, intercultural dialogue and creativity, and a way of life guided by respect for diversity.'' (UNESCO site)
This shows how eating can go beyond the simple and calculated consumption of calories and nutrients. The act of eating can turn into a moment of human exchange that gives new value to it. 'Sharing is caring' and this also applies to food.
When sharing food with our family and friends in a home setting, we restore and renew our social connections and develop a sense of community and belonging. Sharing food can thus become a source of contentment and enjoyment.
Perhaps you can invite friends and family to share a dinner at your place next weekend :) Here is an easy Mediterranean recipe that everybody will enjoy.
Authentic Mediterranean diet is very balanced in terms of calories and nutrients and also quite varied. On the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet, you can read here. On the Mediterranean Diet pyramid, please see here