Greek food is one of the healthiest foods that you can consume. Generally, Greek cuisine incorporates more ‘whole’ and ‘raw’ foods into its dishes. This means that the foods are often much more closer to nature, and less processed. It’s pretty well-known for containing very little to no high fructose corn syrup, GMOs, or other artificial ingredients.
The Greek diet, also known as the Mediterranean diet, typical includes lots of vegetables, fruits, beans, cereals and cereal products, for example, wholegrain bread, pasta and brown rice. It also contains moderate amounts of fish, white meat and some dairy. This combination of all these elements are known to bring health benefits and are things that we can all build into our daily lives.
We have created a list of four of the most common ingredients in Greek meals that can help contribute to a longer and healthier life;
- Olive Oil
In just about every Greek dish you can imagine, you can be sure to find olive oil has been incorporated in some way. From Salads to marinades, olive oil is the ultimate superfood. It is packed with essential vitamins such as Vitamin K and Vitamin E and also provides you with additional minerals including potassium, iron, and calcium.
- Herbs and spices
One of the most commonly used spice in Greek cooking is Allspice which is used in both sweet and savoury dishes. It is a complimenting spice that pairs well with other warm spices like nutmeg and cinnamon. They boost the immune system and can help to relieve pain. Other notable spices such as oregano, is rich in antioxidants and mint, is an indigestion and inflammation aid.
- Feta Cheese
Feta cheese is a soft, white, brined cheese that is very nutritious and is an excellent source of calcium. When compared with other cheeses, it is relatively low in fat and calories. A healthy portion of feta can help support bone health and contains friendly bacteria (probiotics) that boost your immune system and gut health.
Greece’s coastal lines stretch for thousands of miles, so it’s understandably Greek food heavily relies on fresh fish. Fish are excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which promote a healthy heart and reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease. In addition to omega-3 acids, fish contains vitamin B2 and D as well as important minerals, such as calcium, phosphorus, iron and iodine.
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