Greek food refers to a healthy Mediterranean cuisine. It contains many useful dietary guidelines and nutrient-rich foods. Among the healthy foods that’s consumed by the Greek population, include: fish, vegetables, fruit, nuts, olive oil. In Greece, people rarely eat red meat and food made with low saturated fat. Inclusion in the diet of Greek dishes can improve heart health, reduce weight and boost immunity.
Base of the Greek Cuisine
Mediterranean features vary depending on the region, but some of the principles are common. Greek culture involves consuming large amounts of cereals, legumes, fruits, vegetables, bread, seeds, olive oil, nuts. In moderate amounts fish, poultry, wine, dairy products are used. At the heart of the traditional Greek diet are leafy, dark green vegetables (often wild). This includes spinach, dandelion, dill, mustard, purslane, cumin. Popular fruit: plums, grapes, figs, pears, oranges, melons. Widely used in food and grains are high in fiber, pasta, lentils, beans, olive oil, bread, nuts and spices (oregano, bay leaf, garlic, cloves, cinnamon).
Many Greek dishes can be found with cheese made from sheep's or goat's milk, such as feta cheese. These cheeses contain a lower percentage of fat and more easily absorbed by the body than from cow's milk cheeses. Enjoy the Greeks creamy yogurt from goat's milk with honey and fresh fruit. This gourmet dessert is popular with many tourists coming to Greece from around the world.
Healthy Greek Diet
Greek diet includes a variety of foods rich in beneficial nutrients. Bright, fresh fruits and vegetables provide the body with the necessary minerals, fiber and vitamins. Optimal choice of carbohydrates to eat are potatoes, cereals, whole grain breads, pasta and tiny puff pastry (filo dough). Proteins provide the body with fish, white meat poultry, legumes. Best sources of fat are: mashed sesame seeds, oily fish, olives, olive oil, nuts. These products support heart health and promote the absorption of nutrients by the body. Instead of salt in dishes added garlic and Turkish spices. Cinnamon or cloves attached without the use of salt or fat.
Greeks are famous for cooking mutton, lamb, but they are traditionally eaten only on special occasions. Greek dishes often contain fish such as flounder, cod, tuna, anchovies. Fish oil containing omega-3 helps to cope with high blood pressure and prevent heart attacks.
Modern Greek cuisine attaches great importance to the olive oil. No wonder the ancient Greeks believed it’s a gift of the gods. In traditional Greek diet the main source of fat is not the butter but olive oil. Olive oil contains large amounts of monounsaturated fats and increases the level of "good" cholesterol, while lowering "bad."
Almost No Sick Ones
According to research by scientists at Harvard University and the University of Athens, it was found that people who hold Greek diet have a 30% lower risk of mortality from cancer and heart disease.