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New Pangea Nutrition Brings Mediterranean Diet to USA

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The new Modern Mediterranean Diet by Pangea Nutrition is a science-based meal planning delivery service designed by a team of doctors at Harvard, whose expertise is in the field of diabetes and obesity.

http://(www.PangeaNutrition.com/about)

Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, Pangea Nutrition was founded by Dr. Christos Mantzoros and Dr. Jason Paruth, who in their distinguished careers have earned  Harvard University affiliations plus high recognition and awards in their field.

Here’s how The Modern Mediterranean Diet by Pangea Nutrition works:

  • Visit pangeanutrition.com and choose a plan
  • Schedule convenient grocery delivery via Amazon Fresh
  • Three nights per week, prepare dinner in just 30-40 minutes. Spend an extra 5 minutes to make the following day’s lunch.
  • That’s all it takesto follow the Mediterranean diet as recommended by scientists, doctors and healthcare professionals around the world.

I highly admired the product, and the highly academic research behind it piqued my interest. And so I signed up.

So dedicated to the program are the founders that I was stunned to realize I was speaking to Dr. Jason Paruth when I phoned the support system with a question!   This is the lovely letter that arrived a few days in advance by  special delivery to be sure I would have it before the delivery.

 

Dear Gerry,

Your Pangea Nutrition meals are on their way, scheduled to arrive from Amazon Fresh with doorstep delivery on Monday, May 1st before 7am.

You’ll receive all the groceries you need, and your recipe cards will arrive in the mail before your delivery.

This week, you’ll receive:

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For any issues with your delivery, please call Pangea Nutrition at (617) 603-9696 or respond to this e-mail. Your order number is 114-2656403-9389004.

We look forward to helping you on the path to improved health, and we welcome your feedback on our Modern Mediterranean Diet.

Cheers to your health!

The Pangea Nutrition Team

The impressive well-packed delivery itself arrived holding ingredients of the highest quality.  It once again emphasized the customer care and consideration with which this product has been created.

The salmon from Santa Monica Seafood was the best I ever ate — and I cooked on TV with salmon for the Fish Association for decades!

Our constructive criticism, which was of interest to the Pangea team who are evolving the menus is as follows.  We felt the large 8×11 information and recipe cards could be simplified — they appeared daunting even for me as an experiences professional cook.

Also, “umami” seems to be missing in these Americanized versions.   For example, the idea and the essence ofTex-Mex fajitas has always been crusty, grilled beef inside of a soft, warm, cushiony tortilla wrap.  On the other hand,  Paleo diners by choice, Pangea is responsible for our  new-found love for quinoa to be incorporated into our diets in the future.

 The Pangea mission to help busy Americans incorporate the eating habits and lifestyle that the Mediterranean region population have benefited from for centuries, resulting in a healthier and longer life.

The  Pangea Nutrition Web site home page documents much of health benefits of The Mediterranean diet shown in studies over the years.

  • A 30% decreased incidence of cardiovascular events (including heart attacks and stroke)
  • A 52% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
  • A 54% lower risk of cognitive decline and dementia in the elderly
  • A 39% lower all-cause mortality risk, when the diet is supplemented with nuts

PROGRAM FEATURES AND COST

  • $150 for two people ($12.50 per meal). (three lunches, three dinners and snacks for two — less than many spend on takeout.  Pangea offers occasional online discounts as well.
  • Online Health calculator can be used to learn how Pangea’s Modern Mediterranean Diet can help meet specific health goals

Co-founders Mantzoros and Paruthi’s complete bios are found on the website. 

Christos Mantzoros, MD, DSc, PhD h.c. mult., is Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Boston University School of Medicine. He serves as the Director of the Human Nutrition Unit of the Division of Endocrinology Diabetes and Metabolism at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Chief of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at the Boston VA Healthcare System

Dr. Jason Paruthi completed both his BA and MD at the accelerated program at Boston University School of Medicine. He completed his research and residency internship training at Harvard Medical School, and finished entrepreneurship courses at MIT Sloan School of Management. He has been working in evidence-based nutrition startup companies since 2013.

Finally, I am reminded of the many people who asked me what my favorite meal was when I traveled to Greece for research on a book.   While Greek hospitality in a restaurant is perfection, the best meals were the catch of the day, a salad, French fries and oozo and no menu whether it was in a shack on the beach off Santorini Island or Thessaloniki wharf  –newspapers were on the table in place of tablecloths.

I know in the meantime Pangea will be developing the next closest thing to it.


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