October 27th 2016, 14:29
Been down to the Med lately? If you have, you’ll have noticed that the locals don’t eat the Mediterranean diet—or certainly not the idealized version celebrated by medical researchers. Yet, they’ve been urging us to eat oily fish, fresh vegetables and fruit, with lashings of olive oil, all rounded off by a plate of nuts—just like the Mediterraneans do.
Except they don’t. Instead, they eat plenty of red meat, eggs, and dairy products like cheese, cream, butter and milk, and they love white processed bread—whether they’re baguettes, croissants or the Italian panini (grilled sandwich). Or, as food and obesity researcher Dr Zoë Harcombe put it, “If it moves, they eat it + white things.”