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What should Europeans eat?
    Saturday July 14, 2012 8:00am - 9:30am @ Liffey Hall 2

    From a food-cultural viewpoint, Europe is far away from being a homogenous area. Some regions in Europe (e.g. the Mediterranean countries) have really long cultural traditions, and some are much younger (e.g. the Nordic countries). National and regional diets may be approached from a cultural viewpoint, but diet is also an essential part of our health. Besides having really strong and cultural roots, the Mediterranean diet has also repeatedly been connected to good health.
    Other European regions are clearly less famous for their diets. However, some areas could perhaps challenge the Mediterranean diet. The Nordic countries have some dietary specialties with potentially great health effects: wild berries (e.g. blueberries, lingonberries and cranberries), rye and rapeseed oil. This session will address the following questions:

    1. What and how are we eating in different parts of Europe?
    2. What are the regional strengths and weaknesses regarding health effects?
    3. Where do Northern, Western and Southern Europe meet, do we have a common intersection for improved diet and health in Europe?

    Harokopio University, Greece

    National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland

    University of Helsinki, Finland

    Medical Research Council, UK

    Type Science Programme, The Future of Medicine & Health
    Host Organization Academy of Finland
  • Organiser Risto Alatarvas
  • Tags SP55

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