Our friend Dr. Tom Carlson, a pediatrician and professor at the University of California, Berkeley, sent us an article that just appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine. Entitled ‘Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease with a Mediterranean Diet” the paper notes that a traditional diet supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil or nuts reduced the incidence of heart attack and stroke.
At Jnane Tamsna we practice what of the Spanish authors of the paper preach: a regional cuisine “characterized by a high intake of olive oil, fruit, nuts, vegetables, and cereals; a moderate intake of fish and poultry; a low intake of dairy products, red meat, processed meats, and sweets; and wine in moderation, consumed with meals.”
Although our main purpose is not to prevent of cardiovascular disease with a Mediterranean diet, we are pleased that a stay at Jnane Tamsna could be good for your heart and soul. The olive oil we pressed last November is on offer daily at lunch and dinner, as are French and Moroccan wines (in moderation).