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Let the old ways be your guide to good health and well being!

Oldways’ mission is to inspire good health through cultural food traditions.

We began challenging conventional wisdom from the start, introducing the Traditional Mediterranean Diet Pyramid in 1993 (in partnership with the Harvard School of Public Health) as a healthier, tradition-based alternative to the USDA’s first food pyramid.
 
Throughout the '90s we educated the public, health professionals, and the media about “healthy fats” at a time when low fat diets were the standard prescription; our work culminated in Scientific Consensus Statements on Moderate Fat Diets in 1998 and 2000. 
 
At Oldways, nutrition, culture and sustainability are built into our main mission of preserving and promoting traditional foods in ways that are good for people and good for the planet. To this end, we’ve organized a range of conferences – from scientific ones focusing on the commonsense truth around traditional diets to overseas symposia to introduce chefs, journalists and everyday food lovers to the classic dishes of Morocco, Spain, Tunisia, Italy, Greece, France and Turkey.  We develop resources to help consumers and health professionals embrace traditional diets and use healthy ingredients. We also founded the Chefs’ Collaborative to support local and sustainable foods in America’s restaurants.
 
Now, after more than 25 years, our work continues, much of it carried out through our eight principal programs:
 
(A Taste of Latin American Heritage – a similar program – is in development)

 

You may not have heard of Oldways before you landed on this page. But it's likely you've seen the impact of our passion for health and good food if you've visited a farmer's market, dined out, or shopped in a supermarket in the last 25 years.  Intrigued? Learn more

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