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Spanish move away from Mediterranean diet

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 08 March 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1509
  1. María de Lago
  1. 1Madrid

Spain, one of the countries where the Mediterranean diet prevails, is moving away from some of the nutritional habits that are associated with a lower risk of coronary disease.

In particular, Spanish people are eating more baked goods and less fruits, cereals, and vegetables—items typically plentiful in the Mediterranean diet.

The trend has emerged from data gathered by the first national food intake survey in 2010, published by the Spanish Food Security and Nutrition Agency last week; the annual survey carried out jointly by the Spanish Environment Ministry and the Foundation of Nutrition between 2000 and 2006; and three other surveys (in 1964, 1981, and 1991) …

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