Learn about healthy eating habits at fair

Tavira is organising the first Mediterranean Diet Fair from September 6 to 8.

The Portuguese Association of Dieticians (APD) will be attending to provide information about the benefits of eating healthily and following this diet.

The APD will also be conducting counselling sessions and body mass index (BMI) evaluations for those interested in improving their eating habits.

The Mediterranean diet is considered to be more than just an eating plan. It is more accurately described as a “healthy lifestyle”, which led Portugal to send an application to UNESCO to see the diet recognised as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Various studies shows that people who follow the diet are less prone to fatal illnesses such as heart or neurodegenerative (Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s) diseases.

The diet includes the daily consumption of bread, pasta or rice, and vegetables and fruit, the use of olive oil as the main source of fat, a moderate consumption of fish, white meat, dairy products and eggs, and the restricted consumption of red meat and sweets.

Physical activity on a regular basis and drinking plenty of water throughout the day are essential and the intake of wine in moderation is recommended as part of an overall healthy diet.

The fair will include a farmers’ market, Mediterranean flavours, guided walks, seminars, gastronomy workshops, tastings, live music and exhibitions.

Those interested in discovering more may visit the fair at Praça da República, which will be open to the general public and will have no entry cost.