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Dr. Tina Moffat and Dr. Shanti Morell-Hart Weigh in on the Mediterranean Diet

Two McMaster Anthropologists discuss how the Mediterranean diet ties in to cultural food tradition and Western political and cultural imperialism. See this February's conversation piece: How the Mediterranean diet became No. 1 — and why that’s a problem

Feb 28, 2020

From The Conversation. com: Promoting the value of all food heritage

"The promotion of the Mediterranean diet is an example of what anthropologist Andrea Wiley calls bio-ethnocentrism. Wiley’s study of milk argues that although milk has been promoted as a healthy and nutritious food for all, only a segment of the human species — predominantly those whose ancestry comes from Europe, where there is a long history of dairying — are able to digest the primary sugar in milk (lactose).

Bolstering one region’s diet as universally ideal ignores the long evolution of social, biological and environmental human food traditions through the development and conservation of regional and local cuisines. This includes, as found in UNESCO’s description of the Mediterranean diet, the production, preparation and consumption of food through human skills, knowledge, and social and cultural practices."

 

Check out the whole article here