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Started by HerrWalrus on May 25, 2018 8:41:54 PM
The Med diet is dying out.
phantlers - 25 May 2018 21:09:50 (#1 of 42)

Hard to believe. There are more olives, sun dried tomatoes, pesto and the like on everyday supermarket shelves than ever.

SunkenTreasures - 25 May 2018 21:11:23 (#2 of 42)

What are people eating then?

Delighted_User - 25 May 2018 21:11:31 (#3 of 42)

In the Mediterranean, apparently, according to the link.

tasselhoff - 25 May 2018 21:13:46 (#4 of 42)

IANAD, but eating in the Med isn't good for you.

HerrWalrus - 25 May 2018 21:41:01 (#5 of 42)

The article quotes a visit to the restaurants of a shopping mall near Madrid, stating that none of the food offerings are of the healthy Med kind.

What the author doesn't realise however is that many traditional meals and foods in that part of Spain, are not part of the Med diet either. Whether it is callos (tripe), morcilla (black pudding) or cocido (a meat and veg stew), the local favourites tend to be hearty, heavy foodstuffs. And if locals want a nice salad or gazpacho they still have the menu del dia in local restaurants that will provide for them.

browserbutton - 26 May 2018 06:13:21 (#6 of 42)

Apparently the 'Med diet' is alive and well but has relocated to Sweden.

Catspyjamas17 - 26 May 2018 07:12:23 (#7 of 42)

It just shows you how aggressive and determined the fast food and snack industries are, when Spain has lovely weather and fantastic cheap, fresh produce. Selling it in the UK was an easy win as we've always eaten stodge.

RosyLovelady - 26 May 2018 07:17:34 (#8 of 42)

If the Mediterranean-type diet has won in the UK, then people must be eating it as well as their "normal" stodge, to judge by the obesity statistics.

browserbutton - 26 May 2018 07:26:57 (#9 of 42)

To be enjoyed correctly, and to offer the greatest benefits to health, the Med diet should be accompanied by lashings of wine.

dottie30 - 26 May 2018 07:32:12 (#10 of 42)

I think if we're assuming the med diet is fish, nuts, pulses, vegetables and olive oil; we should discount much of the Spanish diet. Much of which is pork-based shit.

TommyDGNR8 - 26 May 2018 07:46:47 (#11 of 42)

I'm on Menorca just now where it is virtually impossible to find a restaurant which offers anything other than fish.

dottie30 - 04 Jun 2018 17:05:42 (#12 of 42)

Fish - probably with lots of chorizo.

browserbutton - 04 Jun 2018 17:22:35 (#13 of 42)

I don't think kidz are getting obese from eating chor-eetho.

HerrWalrus - 04 Jun 2018 17:23:24 (#14 of 42)

The Spanish do like to add ham/chorizo to dishes that emphasise their vegetable content eg fabada or green beans with ahem ham. But it's perhaps no coincidence that their 3 most famous dishes, gazpacho, tortilla de patatas and paella, are ham-free. Unless of course Jamie Oliver makes it,

dottie30 - 21 Aug 2018 12:45:11 (#15 of 42)

Paella often has pork in it.

HorstVogel - 21 Aug 2018 12:50:24 (#16 of 42)

If the Mediterranean-type diet has won in the UK, then people must be eating it as well as their "normal" stodge, to judge by the obesity statistics.

My obversation suggests eating raw carrots causes obesity. I only see fat people eat such vegetables, at work hear this of course.

I do admit, they seem to eat these raw vegetables in addition to stodge, in between the meals.

As for the med diet and siesta, about twenty years ago I was chatting with our Spanish representative - Siesta? No longer.

HerrWalrus - 21 Aug 2018 12:56:10 (#17 of 42)

Paella as made in Spain by Spanish people never has pork in it. You'd be strung up in Valencia if you tried that. It's either rabbit or chicken as the meat content (and strictly speaking Valencian paella should not contain seafood).

RosyLovelady - 21 Aug 2018 12:58:50 (#18 of 42)

They just do things differently in south London.

browserbutton - 21 Aug 2018 13:00:21 (#19 of 42)

The meat in early paellas of Valencia was usually water vole.

dottie30 - 21 Aug 2018 13:01:07 (#20 of 42)

Or snails. The fishy version is a relatively new thing.

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