Fats make up between 30 and 40 percent of an average Lebanese person’s diet. REUTERS/Random House/Evan Sung/HO
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Lebanese people eat very little olive oil and too much of vegetable oils like corn and sunflower, causing an imbalance that increases the risk of obesity and related diseases, a new study has found.The results, which were published in the June issue of the Lipid Technology journal, show that the Lebanese diet differs greatly from the traditional Mediterranean diet, which is rich in fruits and vegetables, olive oil, fish, nuts, dairy and whole grains.Just 2.2 percent of calories consumed by a Lebanese person come from olive oil. The Lebanese also consume much less fish than other countries on the Mediterranean Sea, the researchers found. In addition, a lot of the fish consumed in Lebanon is fried in vegetable oil.The researchers said that the solution to the imbalance is for the Lebanese to adopt a diet more similar to the Mediterranean one by increasing the use of olive oil and adopting a more balanced approach to other fats.
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