Portugal Post issued a set of postage stamps and a souvenir sheet featuring various Mediterranean Diet of Alentejo and Algrave region of Portugal.
The stamps features the regional specialities from Alentejo, such as purslane broth or the sweet potato Portugese scone and specialities from Algrave such as the pickled horse mackerels and the chik-peas with pears stew.
Mediterranean Diet stamps Portugal
The Mediterranean diet involves a set of skills, knowledge, rituals, symbols and traditions concerning crops, harvesting, fishing, animal husbandry, conservation, processing, cooking, and particularly the sharing and consumption of food.
The diet emphasizes values of hospitality, neighbourliness, intercultural dialogue and creativity, and a way of life guided by respect for diversity.
Mediterranean cuisine varies by region and has a range of definitions, but is largely based on vegetables, fruits, nuts, beans, cereal grains, olive oil and fish.
Research has shown that the traditional Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of heart disease.
In fact, an analysis of more than 1.5 million healthy adults demonstrated that following a Mediterranean diet was associated with a reduced risk of death from heart disease and cancer, as well as a reduced incidence of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.
A 2011 systematic review found that a Mediterranean food appeared to be more effective than a low-fat diet in bringing about long-term changes to cardiovascular risk factors, such as lowering cholesterol level and blood pressure.
In 2010, UNESCO added the Mediterranean diet to the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
Italy, Spain, Greece and Morocco were the first to be recognised, but on December 4, 2013, Portugal, Cyprus and Croatia were also recognised by UNESCO.
The Southern European Atlantic Diet is the traditional diet of Northern Portugal and Galicia (Spain) has been associated with a lower risk of non-fatal acute myocardial infarction.
Title: Mediterranean Diet stamps Portugal
Date of Issue: 20 July 2015
Denominations: € 0.45 x 2, € 0.72, € 0.80, € 1.80
Source: Portugal Post