The Mediterranean diet is based on food patterns typical of Crete, Greece and part of Southern Italy in the early 1960’s where the adult life expectancy rate in the early 1960’s was high and diseases such as coronary heart diseases, high cholesterol level, and other diet-related chronic diseases were very low (Willett, Sacks, Trichopoulou, Drescher, Ferro-Luzzi, Helsing, & Trichopoulos, 1995).This diet includes fruit, vegetables, breads, other forms of cereals, potatoes, beans, nuts, and seeds (Willett et al., 1995).
The Ghanaian diet is a diet originated from Ghana, a country located in the Western part of Africa. According to the Nutrition and Consumer Protection in Ghana (2010), contrary to the Mediterranean diet, the Ghanaian diet is mainly made up of starchy roots (yam, cocoyam cassava, potatoes) and cereals (rice, wheat). Most Ghanaian foods are those which can be made into sauces, stews or soups, they usually contain tomatoes, palm oil, okra, garden eggs and groundnuts. The common ingredients in these dishes are hot peppers, to...
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