The basis of the mediterranean diet
The traditional Greek diet, shaped by history and climatic conditions, meets the main criteria of an optimal diet. It has health-promoting properties and it is believed to be a prototype of the Mediterranean diet. More than any other food ingredient, olive oil represents the Mediterranean diet, which is associated with longevity, low heart disease rates and well being.
Olives and Olive Oil are concentrated in monounsaturated fats, most notably oleic acid, offering protection against heart disease by controlling LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels while raising HDL (the “good” cholesterol) levels. They are a good source of vitamin E and they contain a variety of beneficial active phytonutrient compounds including polyphenols and flavonoids, which also appear to have significant anti-inflammatory properties. Their high content of polyphenols and antioxidants such as vitamin E, carotenoids, and oleuropein, can provide additional anti-inflammatory and anti-hypertensive effects and can guard against carcinogenesis.
Greek people consume more olives and olive oil than any other population and their traditional diet is the reason why they were found to have the lowest percentage of cardiovascular disease and one of the longest life expectancies in the world! To sum it all up, the secret of the greek diet is high olive oil consumption, along with a diet of legumes, unrefined cereals, fresh fruits and vegetables, fish, moderate consumption of dairy products, low consumption of red meat and meat products, and a splash of red wine.
This is it. A taste of pure Greece!