The Healthiest Diet In The World Isn’t Just About Food

If you’ve ever been out in the world, you’ve
likely seen the word UNESCO and this weird square in a circle all over the place. UNESCO is tasked with identifying, protecting
and preserving human heritage; buildings, landscapes, and monuments — but in 2013,
they added something intangible: The “Mediterranean Diet.” You may have heard of the “Mediterranean”
diet, it’s a big fad in the United States as of late, and it’s considered to be one
of the healthiest in the world! But thanks to UNESCO, it’s not just healthy,
it’s also a piece of human heritage. Here’s hoping they give love to my Sunday
Pizza Tradition next year… The Mediterranean Diet includes plant-based
foods, as well as “healthy” fats and so on. Plus, and this is serious, limiting the amount
of red meat — i.e. mammal meats. Grilled fish is a popular item, as are other
seafoods. AND, which is pretty rare, it offers an alcoholic
component — a bit of red wine. The problem is, if you look at U.S. magazines
and blogs for the “Mediterranean Diet,” as we see it. You’d find lists of restrictions and requirements
of what to eat, what not to eat, and how to prepare your meals. That’s how American’s see a “diet.” In the U.S. “diet” doesn’t mean it’s
primary dictionary definition: “the kinds of food that a person, animal, or community
habitually eats,” most of us think of the tertiary definition, “a special course of
food to which one restricts oneself, either to lose weight or for medical reasons.” The “Mediterranean Diet” is the former
not the latter. It’s a way of living and eating, not a list
of restrictions and requirements. UNESCO writes, “The Mediterranean diet involves
a set of skills, knowledge, rituals, symbols and traditions concerning crops, harvesting,
fishing, animal husbandry,” — holy crap — “conservation, processing, cooking, and
particularly the sharing and consumption of food.” The foundation of the diet? Eating together. Social exchange of communication during a
meal, neighborliness, affirmation, intercultural dialog, hospitality.– Whew — You can’t buy this regional diet at a store
— it’s literally about changing your life. And of course, red wine helps with all those
things too. Better nutrition has been connected to longer,
healthier lives and even things like overall height gains, better eyesight, and prevention
of heart disease and Alzheimer’s — to name a few. The Mediterranean Diet adds heart health to
that as well, lowered levels of stress and anxiety. And it’s not just about what you’re eating
or not eating! Numerous studies have shown social interaction
and support make people physically and mentally more healthy. The concept of ‘Social buffering’ is part
of this diet — where people get together and socialize, interact and share. On top of that, Greece — one of the countries
in the Mediterranean for the geographically challenged — incorporates intermittent fasting
into their lifestyle diet thanks to the number of religiously motivated fasting days in the
Greek Orthodox tradition. We actually have a whole video about the science
of fasting. It seems to me, incorporating even a few of
these things into our lives would likely benefit us all. The “mediterranean diet” doesn’t mean
going to the Greek restaurant down the street a lot, but maybe invite your friends over
to eat some vegetables you grew (or, like me, found at a farmer’s market)! Talk! Use some olive oil! — And of course, make them bring the red
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meals free! How do you feel about hummus? It’s just chickpeas, but, damn. I love it. I could drink wine, eat veggies and a little
fish every day — but what about you? Want more on how to learn about your body? Amy’s got a video about why you should look
at your poop. Really, I know but you should and you should
check it out right here


  1. well Mediterranean isnt only about greece you know

  2. The Mediterranean diet contains animal husbandry and holy crap?

    Very curious, especially this holy crap… Is it like religiously holy or just culturally revered… Could you please do a video on holy crap?

    Love you Trace! Your kind of in the top of my favorites on this channel!

  3. I like how he said, "one of the healthiest", because veganism is proven to be healthier. But what are they comparing it to? food is very deceptive because someone can claim Atkins diet is healthy, but compared to what, exactly? We must anchor the claims. For this being science, where are your studies to back this up? This effects people's lives on a day to day basis

  4. hi, could you tell something about vitamin b17? they said it can cure cancer. me personally think its a hoax. but could yo debunk it(or confirm)?

  5. Lovely watching this as an Italian

  6. This might sound a bit nitpickey. I don't think a scientific channel like Seeker should use phrases like "healthiest diet in the world" without actually having studies to back up that claim.

  7. you're telling me to use more Olive oil? on it.

  8. That's not the first. I've heard Kimchi is also a world heritage food

  9. When you accidentally read "heathens" because ur the piggest top trash…

  10. That's one more reason why Spain is probably the best place to live in the world

  11. 1:37 Holy crap. LOL That's lovely.

  12. YAYAYAYAY so glad to see Trace! And the format I know n love

  13. thank you!

  14. You founded your own farmers market !?!? now thats dedication

  15. trace bring back seeker daily we miss u there

  16. Needs more science. Dont tell me what I should eat. Tell me the science behind why I should eat it.

  17. Yaaah Trace is here 👏👏👏

  18. I miss Dnews

  19. Thats pretty wild. Seems like there is always a new diet coming out and it's always the "True" thing that we should have been doing hte whole time. I remember the adtkins diet. I remember "deal a meal" I remember the rice diet…and now we have not the Paleo diet…the Mediterranean diet. Crazy man.

  20. Not sure about fish these days with all the radiation from Fukushima's power plant in the Pacific!

  21. the most interesting video this year so far

  22. "for the geographically challenged" – Trace

  23. RIP Sourcefed

  24. I'm craving some chips right now!

  25. Glad to see him back.

  26. How powerful is Kazakhstan?

  27. olive oil is odd is only because I've eating olives and they are not oily but I could eat fish everyday if it didn't break my bank

  28. That's a really nice shirt

  29. How about you get up your nasty crusty ass and walk.

  30. Olive oil is not healthy and adding it to food does not increase its nutritional value. It is a refined fat (just like table sugar is refined carbohydrates) that is nutritionally less advantageous than eating the olive or the whole food from which the oil came. Olive oil is simply the lesser of many evils such as other oils and animal products, but no oil is the most nutritionally sound way to go.

  31. Careful guys.. Now This is right around the corner..

  32. How powerfull is NowThis.

  33. Oh, no, this is the last hope I have about Seeker surviving.

  34. #notmychannel

  35. seeker please make video in this subject 👉

  36. NOWTHIS is what we like to see from seeker👍🏼

  37. lets all unsubscribe cuz dnews is lost

  38. Good to see that this young man has stopped spewing lies about the seriousness of the "Fukushima" nuclear disaster!!! (as was the case on Dnews). The world is aware that Fukushima is an evolving holocaust of epic proportion. (nice report….keep it up).

  39. Like HeadSqueeze (which is now BritLab), you are not doing yourself a favor with this catastrophic rebranding. You basically removed everything unique about this channel just to replace it with bland and generic content that tons of other channels do, and do better. Bad move.

  40. Why did you sell out seeker daily?

  41. dnews wtf happened

  42. Seeker daily ,(

  43. That's a cool shirt Trace!!!

  44. Yay Trace! 💖😊

  45. Lol just like we eat in Brazil

  46. I was literally one button press away from reporting the DNA Test video as impersonating DNews due to the sweeping changes that caught me off guard after missing 4 videos. Seeing the DNA test video come up in recommended with Seeker being the uploader, needless to say, confused the shit out of me. Come to find out after watching this video it is the shell of DNews and not an impersonator after all.
    I'll admit I'm weary to change but let's ride this out…

  47. Dont like the new seeker thingy , bring back dnews please

  48. This explains the stereotypical Italian hospitality very well.

  49. blue apron portion sizes are for 105 lbs 70 year old woman

  50. if there's wine, then I'm sold. 🍷


  52. The geographically challenged ahhaha

  53. Yes it's the best diet I am so happy with Mediterranean diet feeling great, actually it's not a diet it's my lifestyle

  54. Cool shirt bro!!!

  55. Come all of you and live in Greece for one year, you'll learn everything 🙂

  56. LOL hahhahhaha did any one notice he said holy crap 1:37

  57. I hate olive oil.

  58. the controlling of food intake for weight gain also called "diet"

  59. Yes. Eat your hummus and then look at your poo. 👍

  60. man obama got old at 2:00

  61. Better to use US made olive oil instead of that imported ripoff.

  62. Here I'm sitting alone, drunk from drinking too much wine and eating a vegetable soup (vegan)… 😛

  63. It's about doing physical exercise too.

  64. I guess this isn't something for someone with crippling social anxiety. Well…

  65. I would pass the alcohol

  66. I only followed you because i thought Dnews meant Discovery News and you had something to do with Discovery Science Channel

  67. I live in portugal, eat fish, use olive oil everywhere, drink red whine moderately and bread is good.

  68. at last someone that says what it is all about
    It aint a diet only.
    It is a lifestyle a way of living that most people should benefit from.

  69. 2:28 wtf is with the sarcasm in this video ITS OVER. 9000

  70. I have read this dies/lifestyle from Outliers.

  71. American diet means to buy junk food and put it in the microwave.
    If average murican asks his wive to cook something decent, shee will call him a "sexist-machista-piece-of-shit". Eww feminazis taking over.

  72. Great video. Really unfortunate that the narrator had to add "holy crap" at 1:35 … immediately losing much respect. I'm not a Christian, and I don't mind cursing, but in an educational video it is completely unnecessary to curse, and it takes away from the overall intellectual credibility.

  73. I love hummus so much. Its goes everywhere on everything. Have some carrots, put hummus there too sweety. And hummus at bedtime so i cam look deeply into the well branded features and declare my love for hummus and hummus only

  74. I live in Greece.

  75. But if you go Fruitarain you will no longer be confused of what and what not to eat, as its only fruits… Im not Fruitarian, im Vegetaraian so yeah.

  76. You are thinning on top and have a receding hairline

  77. Talk about ketogenic diet

  78. The best diet in the world is a vegan diet that can reverse diseases such as heart disease and diabetes : the whole food plant based oil free diet.

    This video is BS

  79. I enjoy garlic enhanced hummus on toasted wheat bread with turkey purttty guddd

  80. hhaaha he reminded me what our food is all about! thank you Trace

  81. i fast often (due to not ever having an appetite and having an odd sleeping pattern) i can wake up early and sleep fine and a week later i can without thinking stay still 6 am and wake in the afternoon and feel perfectly fine today i slept at 7am woke at 4pm had 1 meal and i feel no different than i do if i had a normal sleeping pattern which i had a year or 2 ago. i dont like how i dont fit into normal. ive lived with crazy amount of stress and i have adhd which effects are heightened because of stress its been 19 years things have only changed so little moving out is scary but waking up where i have already died and am living in a mental state of hell parents have mental disability no logic childish behavior stupidity and short temper along with stress and not being organized how the hell did i come out fine i couldn't imagin

  82. oh geez I hate red wine


  84. That healthy mediterranean diet doesn't prevent a population from getting lazy. There is a reason Northern Europa has to ship vast quantities of money to the southern parts around the mediterranean.

  85. We’re getting closer to “ what the health “ a biologically proven diet.


  87. BULLSH1T.. People are healthier in the Mediterranean NOT b/c of the diet but b/c of the SUN..

  88. Sounds like a bad diet

  89. I love Portuguese food!!!

  90. I'm maltese, so I'm pure 100%, absolutely, undisputibally, mediteranean and there is 3 people in my family over 100yrs old, 11 people between 79-99

  91. I love PORTUGAL Spain France Italy & Greece.

  92. Unesco is fucked up

  93. I don't eat fish

  94. So a bit of red wine every once in a while is healthy for you? But what if you are religiously obligated to abstain from alcoholic drinks? If I cook with red cooking wine is that a good substitute? What about drinking non-alcoholic red wine?

  95. Mediterranean food is fattening because of the amount of carbs they eat.

  96. I guess everybody knows about the Okinawans 😀
    Wikipedia: … In short, the Okinawans circa 1950 ate sweet potatoes for 849 grams of the 1262 grams of food that they consumed, which constituted 69% of their total calories.[4] LOL! 😀

  97. Salzburg! <3 🙂

  98. This video was very informative! Thanks!

  99. Red wine is really bad for your health…

  100. Diet arrives from the ancient Greek word: δίαιταν (dietan) which literally means lifestyle

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