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Is adopting the Mediterranean diet a millennial challenge?

Although millennials’ social media accounts often feature pictures of delicious foods, they do not necessarily maintain a healthy diet. Age and culture may play a significant role in a person’s dietary choices.

Lluis Serra-Majem, professor at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and president of the International Foundation of the Mediterranean Diet , has criticised the eating habits of millennials, claiming their diet has shifted over the generations.

“Young people in the Mediterranean region have been eating more processed, Western-style foods and meat than older generations.”

While foods such as red meats, poultry, eggs, cheese and yoghurt are staple food items of Western cuisine, the Mediterranean diet consumes those foods in moderation. Instead, the diet promotes a higher intake of vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes, potatoes, wholegrains, breads, herbs, spices, fish, seafood and extra virgin olive oil.

As a consumer of the diet, Serra-Majem began researching its health effects in the late 1980s. He found that despite the World Health Organization’s fat restrictions painting olive oil in a negative light, there are many proven health benefits of the Mediterranean diet.