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During the Greek Hellenistic Period, the concept of a healthy diet was associated with quality of life and wellbeing. The ancient Greeks recognized the importance of dietetics within the overall framework of health promotion and disease prevention to such an extent that various diseases were attributed to an ‘unhealthy’ diet and that dietary interventions were a means of treatment. In Homer’s classic The Iliad, Podalirius, one of the two physicians described in the epic, had a special interest in dietetics. Noted works by Hippocrates, Herodicus, Galen, and Plato cited nutritional concepts and its role in treating and preventing various diseases [1-3].

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doi: 10.18314/jnb.v2i1.102


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Aboul-Enein BH. The Mediterranean-style diet: Historical and contemporary perspectives. Journal of Nutritional Biology, 2016: 2(1): 73-4. doi: 10.18314/jnb.v2i1.102