“The diet should be rich in fiber and low in saturated fats, more wholemeal complex carbohydrates, extra virgin olive oil, with proteins: more lean meats, however, and above all fish”
What diet does Pope Francis observe? Bergoglio, who has been advised by doctors to lose a few kilos since he suffers from sciatica, observes a sober diet: pasta or white rice, seasonal fruit and vegetables; fish and white meat, no sweets. Now the Pontiff is treating a very acute and infectious bronchitis, as he himself explained. What should the ad hoc diet look like? Giorgio Calabrese, a nutritionist specialized in food science, explains this to Adnkronos.
“From a human point of view, as a clinical nutritionist – observes Calabrese – I would like to give him a hand because he is our spiritual guide in the world but the physical part, for his part, is a little neglected. It is possible, considering his size, that there could be an increase in insulin and therefore that he is a bit borderline with diabetic and blood pressure problems. The diet should be rich in fiber and low in saturated fats, more wholemeal complex carbohydrates, extra virgin olive oil, with proteins: more lean meats, however, and above all fish”.
The well-known nutritionist observes: “The Pope is naturally followed well also from the point of view of nutrition but as a clinical nutrition scientist I think I’m not wrong in saying that perhaps the Pope doesn’t follow the diet to the end. He is a man of great spirituality who thinks very little about his body and very much about the faith and spirituality that he transmits every day”.