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Involving leading researchers

The INC promotes scientific meetings, such as symposia, seminars and forums, involving leading researchers in the fields of health and nutrition. By facilitating debate and discussion, these events help to further develop and disseminate knowledge about nuts and dried fruits. Participants have the opportunity to review the latest developments, explore the practical implications of new knowledge, and identify new research avenues.

  • INC Events Nutrition Symposia IUNS 21st International Congress of Nutrition
    15 Oct - 20 Oct 2017 Buenos Aires, Argentina
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    IUNS 21st International Congress of Nutrition

    15 Oct - 20 Oct 2017
    Buenos Aires, Argentina
    The IUNS-ICN International Congress of Nutrition is a four yearly meeting that’s been held since 1946. Its 21st edition will be based in Buenos Aires for the first time in its history. The scientific programme has been designed according to the motto ‘From Sciences to Nutrition Security’ with the aim of encouraging the exchange of knowledge in order to achieve the improvement of Nutrition Security. Pillars of the programme are the following: advances in nutrition research; nutrition through life course; public health nutrition and environment; nutrition and management of diseases; nutrients and nutritional assessment; functional foods and bioactive compounds; food culture practices and nutritional education; agriculture, food science and safety.

    INC will attend the IUNS-ICN to present the Nuts for Gifts, a global dissemination program aimed to promote nuts and dried fruits worldwide. This is a global initiative to encourage, support and inspire people to think about nuts and dried fruits not only as a healthy snack, but also as a prized gift. Visit us at booth 23.
  • INC Events Nutrition Symposia 12th European Nutrition Conference. INC Symposium: 'New Findings on Nuts and Health'
    20 Oct - 23 Oct 2015 Berlin, Germany
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    12th European Nutrition Conference. INC Symposium: 'New Findings on Nuts and Health'

    20 Oct - 23 Oct 2015
    Berlin, Germany
    The International Nut and Dried Fruit Council has organized a symposium to present to the media the new findings of the benefits of nuts in health in the frame of the 12th European Nutrition Conference in Berlin. Four international experts have explained new findings on nuts and health. Prof. Jordi Salas-Salvadó, from Universtat Rovira i Virgili (Spain), Dr. Fran Grodstein from Brigham and Women’s Hospital Harvard Medical School (USA), Dr. Giuseppina Mandalari from University of Messina (Italy) and Dr. Volker Mai from University of Florida (USA) highlighted the latest scientific findings, such as the benefits of nut consumption on cardiometabolic health or the strong relation between the consumption of nuts and better cognitive function in older men. The symposium called 'New findings on nuts and health' took place on Wednesday, 21st October 2015 at 4.30 pm.

    Program 
    • Nuts and Cardiometabolic Health. Prof. Jordi Salas-Salvadó.
    • Long-term Nut Consumption and Cognitive Function with Aging. Dr. Fran Grodstein.
    • Nuts and Digestion. Dr. Giuseppina Mandalari.
    • Tree Nuts and the Gut: Supporting a Healthy Microbiota. Dr. Volker Mai.

  • INC Events Nutrition Symposia 3rd World Congress of Public Health Nutrition
    09 Nov - 12 Nov 2014 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
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    3rd World Congress of Public Health Nutrition

    09 Nov - 12 Nov 2014
    Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
    INC sponsored and organized the symposium "Nuts in Health and Disease" in the framework of the 3rd World Congress of Public Health Nutrition, on November 10, 2014, in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, where four international leading researchers shared the latest findings in the field of nuts and health, as well as ongoing studies. The congress was attended by 848 participants from 62 different countries.

    The session brought together expertise and insight on nuts consumption in relation to metabolic syndrome, cognitive function, diabetes and overall mortality. International speakers included clinical researcher Prof. Jordi Salas-Salvadó, Professor and Director of the Human Nutrition Unit, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Rovira i Virgili University, Spain, and Chair of the INC World Forum for Nutrition Research and Dissemination; Dr. Joan Sabaté, Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology at Loma Linda University, Center for Nutrition, Healthy Lifestyles and Disease Prevention, Loma Linda, CA USA; Dr. Cyril Kendall, Research Associate in the Department of Nutritional Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, and Clinical Nutrition and Risk Factor Modification Center, St. Michael's Hospital, Canada; and Dr. Ying Bao, Associate Epidemiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Instructor in Harvard Medical School, USA. 

  • INC Events Nutrition Symposia 2nd World Forum for Nutrition Research
    15 May - 17 May 2014 Brisbane, Australia
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    2nd World Forum for Nutrition Research

    15 May - 17 May 2014
    Brisbane, Australia
    The 2nd World Forum for Nutrition Research Conference was held in Brisbane on 14 May as a satellite meeting of the 31st National Conference of the Dietitians Association of Australia (15-17May). The conference was supported by the Dietitians Association of Australia, in collaboration with the Nutrition Society of Australia and the Federation of Societies of Nutrition and Dietetics Spain (FESNAD), and received sponsorship from INC and Nuts for Life®, Australia. There were over 110 registrations before the conference, and the room was full with dietitians, nutritionists, medical and scientific researchers, representatives of the food industry and journalists.

    The conference was chaired and facilitated by Professor Linda Tapsell from the University of Wollongong, Australia.  Dr Luis Serra Majem, from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, opened the meeting, outlining the cultural heritage of the Mediterranean Diet and noting its recognition by UNESCO for representing Intangible Cultural Heritage. Dr Emilio Ros from the landmark PREDIMED study which proved the effects of the Mediterranean Diet gave a number of presentations from the study team.

    There were a number of presentations by researchers from Australia and Spain which analysed various concepts of the Mediterranean Diet. Local researchers reported on studies of the Mediterranean Diet in Australia, with a particular interest in the effects of migration and cultural integration on eating patterns. Overall the conference was a great success, with a wide spectrum of presenters, ably followed up by a panel of experts.
  • Nutrition Symposia 20th International Congress of Nutrition
    15 Sep - 20 Sep 2013 Granada, Spain
    Nutrition Symposia

    20th International Congress of Nutrition

    15 Sep - 20 Sep 2013
    Granada, Spain
    INC hosted the symposium “Nuts in Health and Disease” on Thursday, September 19 at the 20th International Congress of Nutrition in Granada, Spain. The session welcomed over 200 health professionals from around the globe who learnt what has happened with regard to nut research over the last years.

    The session brought together global expertise and insight on nuts in relation to cardiovascular health, body weight, chronic diseases and metabolic syndrome.

    Chairing the session were Prof. Miguel A. Martínez-González, University of Navarra, Spain, and Prof. Jordi Salas-Salvadó, University Hospital of Sant Joan, Pere Virgili Institute for Health Research, Rovira i Virgili University, Spain.

    In opening the symposium, guest speaker Dr. Mònica Bulló from Rovira i Virgili University, Spain pointed out how nuts may exert a protective effect on insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). Dr. Bulló reviewed large-prospective studies and clinical trials that have examined the association between nut consumption and the risk of T2DM.

    Dr. Joan Sabaté, School of Public Health at Loma Linda University, listed published studies on nut intake and body weight. Currently, the available data do not indicate that free-living people on self-selected diets including the frequent consumption of nuts have a higher body mass index (BMI) or a tendency towards weight gain. Dr. Sabaté outlined that randomized trials are needed to evaluate the effects of nut consumption on energy balance and changes in BMI.

    From Harvard’s School of Public Health, Prof. Frank Hu presented a review of epidemiologic studies on nuts and chronic diseases. Several prospective cohort studies have found an inverse association between nut consumption and risk coronary heart disease. In addition, higher nut consumption has been associated to a decreased risk of type 2 diabetes and lower weight gain. Recent analyses from large cohort studies have found that regular consumption of nuts including peanuts and tree nuts is associated with decreased total and cause-specific mortality.

    Finally, Dr. Linda Tapsell from University of Wollongong, Australia, talked about the metabolic syndrome, a condition involving a cluster of risk factors associated with diseases such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Consumption of tree nuts has not been associated with weight gain, but has been associated with improvements in blood lipids. Importantly, they have been shown to be an integral part of dietary patterns associated with a favorable impact on metabolic syndrome and the associated disease end points.

    The event provided the opportunity to spread the benefits of nuts to the biggest group of nutrition professionals. Prof. Salas-Salvadó echoed the sentiment of participants by stating, “this meeting was an excellent forum for the exchange of scientific thought and opinion to broaden minds and ideas for future research in nuts”.

    In addition, participants received one free unit of the Supplement “Health & Nuts” and had the opportunity to sample nuts and dried fruits at the after session cocktail.

  • INC Events Nutrition Symposia 1st World Forum for Nutrition Research
    20 May - 21 May 2013 Reus, Spain
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    1st World Forum for Nutrition Research

    20 May - 21 May 2013
    Reus, Spain
    The healthy benefits of the Mediterranean Diet are now more than ever before the focus of international interest, with a constant supply of more in depth knowledge based on scientific evidence. The World Forum for Nutrition Research Conference provides the opportunity for a comprehensive overview of the latest research developments in relation to the healthy benefits, as well as other social and cultural aspects, of selected typical Mediterranean food.

    The World Forum for Nutrition Research emerges as the meeting point of three major events occurring in Spain in 2013: The International Congress of Nutrition (in Granada) organized by the International Union of Nutrition Sciences, the World Congress on Nuts and Dried Fruits (in Barcelona) organized by the International Nut and Dried Fruit Foundation, and the International Congress on Mediterranean Diet (in Barcelona) organized by the Mediterranean Diet Foundation. In fact, this Forum is organized with the collaboration of the Iberomerican Nutrition Foundation (FINUT), the International Nut and Dried Fruit Foundation and the Mediterranean Diet Foundation.
  • Nutrition Symposia 6th International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition
    24 Feb - 26 Feb 2013 Loma Linda, USA
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    6th International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition

    24 Feb - 26 Feb 2013
    Loma Linda, USA
    Hosted by Loma Linda University’s School of Public Health in California, the International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition takes place every five years, and focuses on scientific, health, and lifestyle implications of plant-based diets. The INC funded the symposium “Plant based diet patterns and healthy aging”, held on February 24th.

    The congress, which took place from the 24th to the 26th, brought together some of the world’s leading experts and researchers on vegetarian nutrition. Professor Jordi Salas-Salvadó, Chairman of the INC World Forum for Nutrition Research and Dissemination participated in the symposium “Role of nuts in disease prevention” with the presentation “Nuts in the prevention and treatment of cardiometabolic syndrome”.

    The INC supported this event to encourage health research specifically for the prevention of diseases through nut and dried fruit consumption, and to raise people awareness on the importance of nuts and dried fruit in the daily diet.

    Dr. Joan Sabaté, Chairperson of the 6th International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition and Chair of Loma Linda’s School of Public Health Nutrition Department received the INC Award for Excellence in Research last year in Singapore, on occasion of the World Nut and Dried Fruit Congress.
  • Nutrition Symposia 16th International Congress of Dietetics
    05 Sep - 08 Sep 2012 Sydney, Australia
    Nutrition Symposia

    16th International Congress of Dietetics

    05 Sep - 08 Sep 2012
    Sydney, Australia
    Nuts for Life in collaboration with the INC World Forum for Nutrition Research and Dissemination organized a symposium entitled "Nut consumption, cardiovascular risk, body weight and diabetes" in the framework of the 16th International Congress of Dietetics, held in Sydney, Australia, from 5th to 8th of September 2012.

    Researchers from the landmark PREDIMED study, Prof. Jordi Salas-Salvadó and Dr. Emilio Ros lectured on the latest studies that have associated the consumption of nuts with health.

    PREDIMED is a long term study (2003-2011) undertaken by 16 research groups in 7 communities in Spain to study the effects of the Mediterranean diet on the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease in subjects at high risk of CVD.

    In summary, PREDIMED has shown that a Mediterranean diet enriched with a 30g handful of mixed nuts a day can:
    a) Reduce the risk of diabetes by 52%;
    b) Reduce the risk of metabolic syndrome by 13.7%;
    c) Reduce blood glucose levels, systolic and diastolic blood pressure and the LDL:HDL cholesterol ratio;
    d) Decrease insulin resistance in those non diabetic individuals;
    e) Improve biomarkers of inflammation and oxidation on the cardiovascular system, and
    f) Reduce waist circumference.
  • Nutrition Symposia 11th European Congress of Nutrition
    26 Oct - 29 Oct 2011 Madrid, Spain
    Nutrition Symposia

    11th European Congress of Nutrition

    26 Oct - 29 Oct 2011
    Madrid, Spain
    The INC-funded symposium "Nut Consumption, Cardiovascular Risk and Body Weight" was held on Friday, 28 October 2011, within the frame of the 11th European Congress of Nutrition of the Federation of European Nutrition Societies, Madrid, Spain, 26-29 October 2011.

    Leading researchers in the field of nutrition addressed key questions related to nuts and health: nut consumption and cardiovascular health; benefits in type 2 diabetes, and effects on appetite and body weight. Over 120 researchers, nutritionists and academics gathered in the INC symposium to debate research findings and share experiences.

    Prof. Jordi Salas-Salvadó, Chair of Nutrition and Bromatology at the University Rovira i Virgili, Spain, and member of the INC Scientific Committee, co-moderated the session along with Dr. Emilio Ros, Head of the Lipid Clinic at Barcelona's Clinic Hospital, Spain.

    Dr. Luc Djoussé, a cardiovascular epidemiologist in Harvard's Medical School, with major focus on the role of nutrition on the risk of cardiovascular diseases, reviewed the current epidemiologic data on the role of nut consumption on the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, and heart failure. In addition, his presentation reflected on gaps in the field and future directions.

    Dr. Joan Sabaté, Professor and Chair of the Department of Nutrition at Loma Linda University, talked about the effect of nut consumption on cardiovascular risk including serum lipids and lipoproteins. He summarized the results from LLU pooled analysis of 25 clinical trials and outlined the evidence from outstanding epidemiological studies, including the European Prospective Investigation on Cancer and Nutrition.

    Nuts are energy dense, but epidemiological studies and clinical trials indicate that their inclusion in the diet does not promote weight gain. Evidence indicates this is attributable to their high satiety value and poor bioaccessibility of the energy they contain, among other factors. Prof. Richard Mattes, Professor of Nutrition Science at Purdue University, reviewed the most recent work on the effects of nuts on appetite and body weight.

    To conclude the session, Dr. David Jenkins, Director of the Clinical Nutrition Risk Factor and Modification Centre at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, Ontario, presented the large, longer-term study of mixed nut intake in type 2 diabetic subjects, according to which nuts appear to help control type 2 diabetes and prevent its complications.
  • Nutrition Symposia 2nd Congress of the Federation of Societies of Nutrition
    03 Mar - 03 Mar 2010 Barcelona, Spain
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    2nd Congress of the Federation of Societies of Nutrition

    03 Mar - 03 Mar 2010
    Barcelona, Spain
    The INC organized the Symposium "Nuts and Cardiovascular Health", on March, 4th, 2010, in Barcelona, Spain, within the frame of the 2nd Congress of the Federation of Societies of Nutrition, Food and Dietetics (FESNAD), March 3-5, 2010.

    The INC 90-minute Symposium gathered leading nut researchers from Europe, the United States and Australia, and provided the opportunity to share information on the health benefits of nuts with a large group of health influencers, researchers and specialized media.

    The session reviewed the main scientific studies that have examined the health benefits of nuts consumption in the last 5 years.

    The journal Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases, one of the world's most prestigious medical journals specialized in nutrition and dietetics, published the proceedings of the symposium on June 2011 (Metabolic Health Effects of Nuts, Volume 21, Supplement 1).

    PROGRAM
    Moderators:
    • Dr. Emilio Ros, Lipids Unit of Barcelona Hospital Clinic (Spain)
    • Prof. Jordi Salas-Salvadó, Human Nutrition Unit, University Rovira i Virgili (Spain)

    Session I: Nut consumption, weight gain and obesity Prof. Miguel A. Martínez-González, University of Navarra (Spain)
    Link to Presentation

    Session II: Nuts, lipids and cardiovascular risk Dr. Joan Sabaté, Loma Linda University (USA)
    Link to Presentation

    Session III: Nuts, insulin sensitivity and diabetes Dr. Linda C Tapsell, University of Wollongong (Australia)
    Link to Presentation
  • Nutrition Symposia 19th International Congress of Nutrition
    04 Oct - 09 Oct 2009 Bangkok, Thailand
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    19th International Congress of Nutrition

    04 Oct - 09 Oct 2009
    Bangkok, Thailand
    INC sponsored a symposium about the health benefits of tree nuts, organized by the INC Nutrition Research and Education Foundation (INC-NREF) within the frame of the 19th International Congress of Nutrition, Bangkok, Thailand, 4-9 October 2009. The moderator for the session was Dr. Junshi Chen, Professor at the Institute of Nutrition and Food Safety, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

    The proceedings of the session were published in the Asian Journal of Clinical Nutrition, volume 19, number 1, 2010:
    • Health benefits of nuts in prevention and management of diabetes. Cyril WC Kendal, Amin Stefahani, Jennifer Truan, Korbua Srichaikul and David JA Jenkins.
    • The phytochemical composition and antioxidant actions of tree nuts. Bradley W Bolling, Diane L McKay and Jeffrey B Blumberg.
    • Nuts, inflammation and insulin resistance. Patricia Casas-Agustench, Mònica Bulló and Jordi Salas-Salvadó.
    • Nuts, blood lipids and cardiovascular disease. Joan Sabaté and Michelle Wien.
    • Nuts and healthy body weight maintenance mechanisms. Richard D Mattes and Mark L Dreher.
    • Tree nut consumption improves nutrient intake and diet quality in US adults: an analysis of National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 1999-2004. Carol E O’Neil, Debra R Keast, Victor L Fulgoni III and Theresa A Nicklas.
  • Nutrition Symposia 3rd International Congress on Food and Nutrition
    22 Apr - 25 Apr 2009 Antalya, Turkey
    Nutrition Symposia

    3rd International Congress on Food and Nutrition

    22 Apr - 25 Apr 2009
    Antalya, Turkey
    INC participated in the 3rd International Congress on Food and Nutrition, Antalya, Turkey, 22-25 April 2009. The event was aimed at highlighting the most important and emerging areas of food and nutrition sciences.

    Hosted by TUBITAK Marmara Research Center Food Institute, the Congress gathered about 370 participants, among food scientists, technologists, nutritionists, and medical professionals. There were 27 sessions, 122 oral presentations and 175 poster presentations on organic farming, food quality and safety, nutrition, health, functional foods, and nutraceuticals, phytochemicals and natural anioxidants, and new techniques in food analysis, among others.

    Mr. Pino Calcagni, Chairman of the INC Scientific and Government Affairs Committee, moderated the session “Nuts and Health: Beyond Hard Shell”, on Wednesday, 22 April, along with Dr. Fereidoon Shahidi from the Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada, and gave a presentation on production and market trends for nuts and dried fruits, and a review on policies and regulations.
  • Nutrition Symposia 2nd International Congress on Food and Nutrition
    24 Oct - 26 Oct 2007 Istanbul, Turkey
    Nutrition Symposia

    2nd International Congress on Food and Nutrition

    24 Oct - 26 Oct 2007
    Istanbul, Turkey
    INC participated in the 2nd International Congress on Food and Nutrition, which took place on October 24-26, 2007, in Istanbul, organized by TUBITAK, the Scientific & Technological Research Council of Turkey. Under the theme “Food for Future”, the main goal of the conference was to explore the most important areas of recent Research & Development and provide accurate and updated scientific information on the discipline of food and nutrition.

    Mr. Pino Calcagni, Chairman of the INC Scientific and Government Affairs Committee, was Chairman of the Symposium “Hazelnut: the Nut of Choice for Health” and delivered a presentation on the “Past, Present and Future Aspects of Hazelnut-Worldwide” on October 25th. Mr. Calcagni introduced the INC activities and a review of the hazelnut industry, along with worldwide statistics and technical and scientific issues.
  • Nutrition Symposia 10th Asian Nutrition Congress
    09 Sep - 13 Sep 2007 Taipei, Taiwan
    Nutrition Symposia

    10th Asian Nutrition Congress

    09 Sep - 13 Sep 2007
    Taipei, Taiwan
    The 10th Asian Nutrition Congress was held in Taipei, Taiwan, 9-13 September, 2007, under the theme “Diet, Nutrition and Optimal Health: From Food Supply to Nutrigenomics”. The INC and INC-NREF sponsored the session “Health Benefits of Tree Nuts”, held on September 11.

    For the first time nuts were highlighted to Asian health influencers and policy makers. Six speakers highlighted the major outcomes from the 2007 Nuts & Health Symposium:
    • Tree Nuts and Health: An Introduction and Overview. Ning-Sing Shaw, PhD, National Taiwan University, Taiwan, and Maureen Ternus, MS, RD, INC-NREF, USA.
    • Epidemiological Research on Nuts and Cardiovascular Disease. Frank Hu, MD, PhD, Harvard School of Public Health, USA.
    • Phytonutrient Composition of Nuts. Jeff Blumberg, PhD, FACN, CNS, Tufts University, Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, USA.
    • The Effects of Tree Nuts on Inflammation, Body Weight and Insulin Resistance. Prof. Jordi Salas Salvadó, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain.
    • The Energetics of Nut Consumption. Richard Mattes, MPH, PhD, RD, Purdue University, USA.
    • Effect of Almond Supplementation on Anthropometric Measurements and Selected Biochemical Parameters in Adult Subjects with Metabolic Syndrome. Gomathy Shivaji, MSc, MPhil, PhD, RD, Women’s Christian College, India.
    In addition, a dinner that same evening was held with the session speakers and other health professionals including: Drs. Sung He Cho and Myung-Hee Kang, both with the Korean Nutrition Society (Presidentelect and Vice President respectively); Dr. Jaw-Wen Chen, President of the Taiwan Society of Lipids and Atherosclerosis; Dr. Ning-Sing Shaw from Taiwan National University and former President of the Taiwan Nutrition Society; and Dr. Jen Fang Liu with the Taipei Medical University.

    Both the session and dinner were a great opportunity to interact with health professionals. Currently most of the food pyramids or graphics in Asia lump nuts in the “fats/eat seldom” category so this session represented a chance to showcase the more positive position nuts hold in the USDA MyPyramid and dietary guidelines.
  • Nutrition Symposia International Conference on the Health Benefits of Mediterranean Diet
    12 May - 15 May 2004 Perpignan, France
    Nutrition Symposia

    International Conference on the Health Benefits of Mediterranean Diet

    12 May - 15 May 2004
    Perpignan, France
    INC sponsored the International Conference on the Health Benefits of Mediterranean Diet “Obesity and Type II Diabetes prevention” celebrated in Perpignan, France, in May 12-15, 2004.

    Three hundred scientists and researchers from all over the world met in France to talk about certain aspects of the health benefits associated with Mediterranean diet, by specifically taking an interest in obesity and diabetes, which also constitute a major public health problem.

    The world’s best specialists, from mechanistic research to epidemiological studies, pooled together to paint a very comprehensive assessment of scientific knowledge in these domains, justifying the recommended basis that provides, or will provide, the platform for developed nutritional policy in several countries.

    The EGEA International Conference demonstrate that there is a wealth of scientific data highlighting the fact that Mediterranean diet, from which nuts are part of it, constitutes a set of balanced practices and behaviours that are very favourable to personal health, and which have the extraordinary advantage of associating health, pleasure and conviviality. A useful and superb model for public health managers.
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