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Looking for Commensality: On Culture, Health, Heritage, and the Mediterranean Diet

Unesco Chair on Food, Culture and Development/FoodLab, Faculty of Health Sciences, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC), Rambla del Poblenou, 156, 08018 Barcelona, Spain
Academic Editors: Dagrun Engeset and Paul Tchounwou
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(5), 2605; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18052605
Received: 22 January 2021 / Revised: 24 February 2021 / Accepted: 3 March 2021 / Published: 5 March 2021
(This article belongs to the Collection Food, Nutrition and Health with Focus on Eating Together)
The concept of the Mediterranean Diet has substantially evolved in the last decade and a half. From a model focused uniquely on nutrition and public health, in recent years, and after its registration as Intangible Heritage of the Humanity by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), its conception incorporated important elements related to society, culture, and sustainability. In this regard, the use of concepts such as commensality (or conviviality around food, or eating together), linked to a more cultural vision of food, began to be one object of attention. The aim of this article is to reflect on the role of these “new” elements regarding the actual definitions of the Mediterranean diet and, particularly, its relationship with other significant discourses inside this concept, as the preponderant of health, or the emergence of sustainability. View Full-Text
Keywords: commensality; Mediterranean diet; health; culture; heritage; sustainability; conviviality; eating together commensality; Mediterranean diet; health; culture; heritage; sustainability; conviviality; eating together
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Medina, F.-X. Looking for Commensality: On Culture, Health, Heritage, and the Mediterranean Diet. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 2605. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18052605

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Medina F-X. Looking for Commensality: On Culture, Health, Heritage, and the Mediterranean Diet. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(5):2605. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18052605

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Medina, Francesc-Xavier. 2021. "Looking for Commensality: On Culture, Health, Heritage, and the Mediterranean Diet" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 5: 2605. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18052605

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