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An Introduction to The Mediterranean Diet

A prevention against obesity, diabetes, hypertension, digestive disorders and several types of cancer, the Mediterranean diet is considered one of the healthiest diets in the world, ideal for keeping fit and well-balanced. It is characterised by a great use of vegetables, cereals, fresh fruit, olive oil as the main source of fat, frequent consumption of fish, minimal consumption of meat and a small amount of wine during meals.

The Origins of the Mediterranean Diet
 
The diet has its origins in Italian history and tradition and the specific term dates from the early post-war years, when it was noted that the incidence of cardiovascular disease in Greece was significantly lower than that in the United States. The American doctor Ancel Keys theorised that this difference was a result of the different dietary habits observed in the two countries. He was so convinced of the benefits of the nutrition and lifestyle typical of Italy and other Mediterranean countries, that he moved to live in Pioppi, a small town of Cilento in healthy southern Italy.
The verification of his thesis was obtained with a study (begun in the 1950s) which drew comparisons between lifestyles of the populations of seven countries: Finland, Holland, Greece, Italy, Yugoslavia, Japan and USA.
The study is still famous, and widely cited in scientific literature as the Seven Countries Study. The results of the study confirmed the relationship between diet and health and followed the incidence of various diseases, in particular clarifying  that the type of fat used, and not the quantity, had a greater influence on the development of cardiovascular diseases. Since then, the Mediterranean diet has been considered an ideal model for maintaining good health. 
 
      

 

For all hoteliers, restauranteurs and gourmands who wish to extend their knowledge of nutrition, production and regulation, the Vesuvian Institute in association with the RAS Foundation is now offering courses in Mediterranean Diet. In collaboration with specialised and highly qualified chefs, these courses are aimed at sharing a real gourmet Mediterranean lifestyle by combining basic concepts, guidelines and practical experience with innovative cooking techniques. These courses offer a true appreciation of the cuisine typical of the Campania region with guided visits and related field studies, to be enjoyed by professionals and connoisseurs alike.

 
 
 

    Mediterranean Diet: take a bite of Southern Italy!

Topics To Be Discussed

Quality of ingredients
Guided by basic theory and tasting sessions, you will learn to recognise and evaluate the quality of ingredients used in every dish.
 
Working tools
Using the right tools is a vital part of the art of cooking. Youwill learn to work not only with professional utensils and appliances, but with seemingly less important devices such as cooking thermometers and the modern techniques of vacuum packing, which are crucial for creating a food pantry of the highest quality.
 
Theory of Taste and Proportion
Knowledge of the rules of ingredient combinations is the key to culinary success
 
Healthy Food
Traditional Campanian cuisine hinges on balanced calorie equation. Through the Mediterranean Diet courses you will learn to experiment and improvise with a balance of flavours and aromas, creating tasty dishes within the bounds of a healthy diet.
 
Food and wine harmony
Each evening you will taste at least two different wines, enjoyed alongside various dishes, and partake in discussion and appreciation of the meal. 
7 nights / 8 day
Full board
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7 nights / 8 day
Half Board
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12 nights / 13 days
Full board
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12 nights / 13 days
Half Board
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At least  3 nights
with BREAKFAST
Double room & buffet breakfast
Possibility of rooms with  sea view
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Guided Tours -
We organize tailor made touristic and cultural tours for our clients!