Med Mark

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The Med Mark is a packaging symbol that helps consumers find healthy Mediterranean diet foods.

The Med Mark is a postage-stamp-sized symbol, featuring an image of an amphora, the jug used 3,000 years ago by Mediterranean cultures to store and ship their foods and drinks. It directs consumers to a Mediterranean Mark website that provides information on the health benefits of the diet pattern.

Products that bear the Med Mark symbol must adhere to specific health and nutrition guidelines created with reference to the Food and Drug Administration, and must be a part of the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid created by Oldways, the Harvard School of Public Health, and the World Health Organization in 1993. The Med Mark was launched June 2007.

Sources

  • Food and Drug Administration
  • "New Med Diet symbol to flag up healthy goods," Food Navigator, Lorraine Heller. Article[dead link]
  • International Conference on the Mediterranean Diet, Cambridge, Massachusetts. 1993. Program archive
  • “Understanding the Mediterranean diet. Could this be the new ‘gold standard’ for heart disease prevention?” B.M. Curtis, J.H. O’Keefe. Postgrad Med. 202 Aug; 112(2):35-8, 41-5.

References

  • "Scientific Evidence of Interventions Using the Mediterranean Diet: A Systematic Review." Serra-Majem, Ll., Roman, B., et al. Nutrition Reviews 64(1): 24-47(21) (2006).
  • History of the Mediterranean Diet
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