A healthy and balanced diet is one of the most important and effective tools in primary prevention and treatment of major diseases typical of Western societies (the so-called diseases of affluence such as atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease, heart attack, hypertension, diabetes, obesity and malnutrition, cancer).
Choice of diet seems involved in about 30-35% of the tumors. The main causes responsible for the onset of cancer are free radicals, oxygen derivatives which, although essential to our body, “oxidize” in significant amounts, i.e. destroy the cells in our body, increasing the risk of degenerative diseases such as cancer. Hence the continuous research of defensive mechanisms for our body, represented by the anti-oxidants found in food that are able to neutralize free radicals.
The Mediterranean diet (studied by Ancel Keys in the poor Italy of the fifties) represents WHAT TO EAT, as the typical foods of the Mediterranean basin (extra virgin olive oil, whole grains, seasonal fruits and vegetables, pulses, fish and wine) are extremely rich in nutrients and antioxidants to make them the cornerstone in the prevention of degenerative diseases, first and foremost with cancer. This is why UNESCO in 2010 declared the Mediterranean diet “an intangible cultural heritage of humanity”.
But the respect and choice of the right foods are not enough unless we learn to combine these foods with each other, to associate them to ensure that their digestion is optimal, with respect for nature and our body. Each food has its job in our bodies and only the right combination of foods in a meal will be able to make a life choice out of a meal. This way of eating well can become an art: the one of choosing HOW TO EAT to feel good. The eubiotic diet (from the greek eu = good and bios = life) is just that: not a “miracle” type of food but a series of food-combining rules, which by respecting the body and the proper digestion of food improves our health and our ability to fight diseases.
By combining the basic principles of the Mediterranean diet with those of the eubiotic diet, the ANT NUTRITION PROJECT has the following aims:
- inform and raise awareness about a correct diet for degenerative disease prevention through lectures in schools and meetings with parents and citizens in the centers, libraries, schools and neighbourhoods of the city;
- perform nutritional prevention check-ups and affluence disease therapy, in order to correct and improve your diet. The Nutrition Project provides for the initiation of nutritional clinics held by ANT nutritionists, open to all citizens aged 12 and over who believe in and contribute to the ANT Foundation’s Eubiosia project.