March 25, 2017
A religious limitation is not a reason to exclude wine and pork from Mediterranean Diet
Recently, I came to know that the Mediterranean Diet model that is going to be submitted as Human Heritage to UNESCO will not content neither wine nor any meat pork product. We have always consider the Mediterranean Diet as a dietary mosaic with some religion limitations that we always have respected. Even in many Muslim countries I have shared this banned food with citizens that considered themselves free enough to take their own decisions in religion issues.
A religious limitation in part of the Mediterranean Basin is not a reason to exclude wine and pork from Mediterranean Diet. The concept of Mediterranean Diet was based on the model from the Crete Island dietary pattern. The name was extended to many other countries surrounding the Mediterranean Diet that have the olive oil and the vegetal and fish consumption as the solely link with the Spanish, Italian and Greek food habits at that time. It was a common custom that, every winter, the county people sacrificed some pigs at the farms and elaborated products for the whole year. Even this practice was extended to the small villages citizens, many of which used to grow pigs at home as an important source of food.
I do not share this political decision. They are provoking that the Mediterranean Diet turns to be The Euromediterranean Diet.
President Obama is very fond of euro mediterranean diet. In January 2008 he declared his favorite food is pizza.