The UNESCO World Heritage list, which celebrates sites ranging from the Great Barrier Reef to the Tower of London is all set to feature the Mediterranean diet. It would have a final vote in November for ranking on UNESCO's not-so-popular list of cultural heritage, covering oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, rituals and festivals. A plate of pasta washed down with a glass of wine could join the list of 178 not-to-be-missed cultural experiences including the tango, the polyphonic singing of the Aka Pygmies of central Africa, and Croatian lacemaking. "This is a big success for our country, our dietary traditions and our culture," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Giancarlo Galan, Italian Agriculture Minister as saying. Rolando Manfredini of the Italian farmers' lobby group Coldiretti, said: "It makes perfect sense. Not only is this culture, but it also makes you live longer and better". Glenys Jones, of the British Medical Research Council's human nutrition research unit, said four advantages gave the diet a good name: "Fresh fruit is traditionally the dessert, which is an excellent way of getting minerals and vitamins. Olive oil is a monounsaturated fat and a welcome replacement for saturated fats in cooking. "The diet is very low in red meat but uses oily fish which are a source of the essential fatty acid omega-3. And the fibre content is good, too; you feel fuller and so better able to control your appetite, and it really helps keep things moving through the digestive tract."Source: ANI << New Laboratory Cell Lines to Study Treatment for ATC Develo... General-Purpose Brain Circuits Used by Major Moral Decision... >> Recommended Reading Low Calorie Diet Low calorie meals or diet include foods that are high on nutritional content and yet have fewer calories. Updated information about low calorie diet or low calorie foods and its health benefits. READ MORE South Beach Diet South Beach Diet plan originally developed to prevent heart disease, soon gained popularity as weight loss diet plan. This diet plan was developed by Dr.Arthur Agaston and Marie Almon. READ MORE Bulimia Nervosa The term ''Bulimia'' refers to episodes of uncontrolled excessive eating, known as "binges," followed by self-induced vomiting or purgation. READ MORE Chickpea for the Soul! A healthy staple food, Hummus is one bean dip that will contribute to your evening snacks and main course with complete satisfaction. Includes recipe for the dip. READ MORE Diet Pills Diet pills are flooding the market by millions. The positive side of diet pills to most people is that they achieve their objective of losing weight. Medical reviews are against the use of diet pills. READ MORE Lifestyle Modification: No Big Deal! Simple and practically possible lifestyle changes can make a huge difference in improving our health status without actually putting much effort. READ MORE Macrobiotic Diet Macrobiotics is an Oriental theory that lays down guidelines for promoting wellbeing and longevity through systematic diet consisting mainly of whole grains and beans. READ MORE Mediterranean Diet Mediterranean diet has long been considered one of the healthiest diets on the planet. This diet plan discourages the use of saturated fats and hydrogenated oils while cooking meals. READ MORE Negative Calorie Diet The History of dieting probably dates back to the year 1807. It was believed that King William suddenly felt the urge to lose weight after he found it difficult to ride his horse due to weight gain. READ MORE The Cabbage Diet The plausible reason that can be sited is the inherent low calorie property of cabbage. READ MORE Why Do We Eat - Nutrition Facts The importance of eating food and the physiological, psychological and social functions of food. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Drug Interaction Checker Selfie Addiction Calculator Turmeric Powder - Health Benefits, Uses & Side Effects More News on: Diet PillsThe Cabbage DietMediterranean DietNegative Calorie DietBulimia NervosaWhy Do We Eat - Nutrition FactsDiet Lifestyle and Heart DiseaseMacrobiotic DietLifestyle Modification: No Big Deal!Chickpea for the Soul!