In the first-ever study conducted in Malta on Mediterranean diets, students from the University of Malta enrolled in the study reported consuming around two meat portions daily with less and less amounts of fruit and veg. 40% stated that they eat less than one portion of fish a week, whereas 42% eat more than one portion of meat a day. As for other food items, 44% eat less than one portion of fruit on a daily basis. 36% eat less than one legume portion and 26% less than one portion of vegetables on a daily basis.
48% also reported using olive oil occasionally. The study in the Journal of Health Science plotted a score for adherence to the Mediterranean diet, which is normally characterised by a daily consumption of seasonal vegetables, nuts, cereals and fruit with moderate to high consumption of fish and dairy. Red meat, poultry and derivates are limited to weekly meals. Only four out of 50 students scored highly at 13-18 (with 18 being highest) as adhering to the diet, with 10 scoring a low 0-6.
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