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The science behind the Mediterranean diet, and wisdom from the 'Blue Zones'

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The Mediterranean diet has been lauded by scientists for its ability to help people live longer, healthier and happier lives. So this week we’ve invited Prof. Catherine Itsiopoulos, one of Australia’s leading researchers of this remarkable diet, to explain the principles of the Mediterranean way of life and how you can integrate it into your daily routine. 

Professor Catherine Itsiopolous is Dean of Health Sciences at RMIT University and she's spent her career studying the benefits of the Mediterranean Diet. She's dedicated to adapting the secrets of the 'Blue Zones' to a busy modern lifestyle, through her new book 'The Modern Mediterranean Diet'.  

In Episode 4 of Prime Time, Bec Wilson and Professor Catherin Itsiopolous discuss: 

Growing up Greek in Melbourne - Dietary habits start young 

A 'day on the plate' of Mediterranean eating 

The one ingredient you must add to your pantry 

The truth about breakfast and intermittent fasting 

The most researched dietary pattern in the world (here's what the science tells us)

Eating to prevent dementia

Wisdom from people living in the 'Blue Zones'

Ultimate Mediterranean recipes from the author 



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