The Mediterranean diet is one of the healthiest in the world and according to UNESCO “it is a social practice, a set of skills, knowledge and traditions that is transmitted from generation to generation, in time and space, and is closely related to history, culture and customs; an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity."
A Mediterranean diet involves eating plant-based meals, with just small amounts of lean meat and chicken and more servings of mostly vegetables, fruits, legumes, unrefined grains, olive oil and fish. It is found to reduce cardiovascular disease, cancer risk, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, neurological diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's, and many other western-lifestyle diseases.
Perrotis College faculty and students have been researching the components and characteristics of the Mediterranean diet. The Food Science & Technology Department in particular, focuses its research on the processing of the diet’s ingredients and has found that the sweet spoon deserts preserve quite large amounts of the fresh fruit antioxidants, confirming that processed food is not excluded from the specific diet.