The Mediterranean diet is a model of eating based on the traditional foods and drinks of the countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. In the last decades, it has been promoted worldwide as one of the healthiest dietary patterns and has been reported to have benefits regarding to chronic diseases and longevity. Mediterranean Diet is characterized by a high consumption of fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes and nuts, moderately high consumption of fish, moderate-to-low consumption of dairy products, low consumption of red meat and meat products, with olive oil as the principal source of fat. Mediterranean diet encourages consumption of 1 to 2 glasses of wine a day are allowed for men and one glass a day for women. However, many consumers don’t know what to think about the health effects of drinking wine. Moderate drinking has been associated to health benefits by some researchers. Other ones, on the other hand, claim that even the occasional drink is harmful to health and suggest that governments should think to advise people to abstain completely.

The clarification of this issue was what motivated Science & Wine to promote the 1-Day Conference “Wine Consumption in the Mediterranean Diet: A clarification about health effects” be held in Porto at June 4 of 2020. The Conference will start with invited oral communications in order to introduce different opinions regarding this issue and will end with a round table.

We look forward to seeing you at Science & Wine 2019 in the exciting and historical cities of Vila Nova de Gaia and Porto, which provides an unforgettable environment for the Congress.

Paula Cristina Paulo Videira da Silva

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