The theme of Spain’s pavilion at Expo Milano 2015, is “Cultivating the Future”. One part of its contribution to a more food-secure future for the world is by sharing the benefits of its dietary model.
The country’s scientists are an important part of this effort. Professor Jordi Salas Salvadó, a Spanish health and nutrition researcher, won the most recent DuPont Science Award in Spain for his PREDIMED study, which confirmed the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet.
It is a diet high in plant-based fats from olive oil and nuts, as well as vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes, while low in red or processed meats and dairy products.
Following the publication of the PREDIMED study, which garnered large number of citations, international media attention and changed dietary recommendations for the prevention of cardiovascular disease worldwide, Professor Salas and his associates are embarking on a new study called PREDIMED-PLUS. The objective is to evaluate the effect of following a traditional Mediterranean diet along with physical activity and behavioral therapy with the goal of losing weight.
Obesity has a complex relationship with food security, as related in the most recent update of Global Food Security Index, a tool developed by the Economist Intelligence Unit and sponsored by DuPont. The fact that obesity is now regarded as the epidemic of the century makes scientific research all the more urgent.
The PREDIMED-Plus researchers are recruiting volunteers for this study now through July 2016. If you are in Spain and would like to find out about participating, contact your primary care doctor or write to firstname.lastname@example.org