Anna Ferro Luzzi is an Italian research scientist defined
by Professor Alessandro Menotti as the first to have introduced the expression
“Mediterranean Diet” in the written scientific lexicon. In 1985 she
published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition the results of her experimental
scientific research carried out in Cilento, The Pollica Study, which is considered
fundamental for the definition of this diet and its benefits. The Cilento area was
recommended to her by Ancel Keys, and they later became friends.
The interview travels between memories of life and reflections on the present. During Second World War she escaped from racial laws, with her Russian Jewish mother and Italian father, to Eritrea, where she spent her childhood. She returned to Rome in the 1950s, to then devote herself to nutrition studies.
Her rich life story accompanies us among the memories of her research in South Africa, up to her habits of today’s life in Umbria; from the dinners and friendship with Ancel and Margaret Keys, to lunch in the temple of Paestum for an episode of BBC Food Connection series in1985. Anna Ferro Luzzi tells us the details of her studies comparing them with today’s new research and, above all, with Elisabetta Moro, she turns her gaze to the present moment, reflecting on the meaning of the expression Mediterranean Diet and on the future of research on nutrition. Precisely because she is among the discoverers of the Mediterranean Diet, Anna Ferro Luzzi embraces with her reflections the path that goes from the discovery to the UNESCO recognition of this lifestyle, offering us a broader and more complete vision of a discovery that does not only concern a diet, but is a way of thinking about food.
Video by: Elisabetta Moro