THE TRADTIIONAL MEDITERRANEAN DIET IS ONE OF THE MOST HEALTHY DIETARY PATTERNS IN THE WORLD, AND HAS BEEN INCLUDED IN THE NUTRITIONAL GUIDESLINES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE OF THE UNITED STATES GOVERNEMENT, AS WELL AS IN THE CLINICAL GUIDELINES OF THE MAIN AMERCIAN AND EUROPEAN SCIENTIFIC SOCIETIES SUCH AS THE AHA (AMERCIAN SOCIETY OF CARDIOLOGY), ASA (AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CEREBROVASCULAR DISEASES) AND EHS (EUROPEAN SOCIETY OF CARDIOLOGY) AMONG OTHERS.