Greece Food - Truly Good for You
The great Greek thinker Hippocrates, regarded as the father of medicine, said “let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”. It was this ancient Greek physician’s refusal to believe that illness was related to the intervention of divine or supernatural forces that laid the foundations for the advancement of medical theory.
Illness and disease, he argued, were not the effect of punishment heaped on individuals by the gods, but the product of environment, diet and living habits. Much has been made of the healthy ramifications for the body that come with the Mediterranean diet.
The everyday Greek diet is rich in fruit, vegetables and herbs nurtured by the sun, cheeses and meats that have their origins in freely grazed lush pastures, heart-friendly olive oil, and a liberal dash of wine. Fresh meat and seafood complement the unadulterated local produce that adorns Greek tables at mealtimes, and this diet is one that has changed little over many centuries.
Research has shown that the health benefits of the Mediterranean Diet are significant and numerous. Eating in this way significantly reduces the risk of cardiovascular and coronary heart disease, thanks to the olive oil and fish derived fat content. It also lowers the risk of arteriosclerosis, since it reduces the concentration of glucose, insulin and bad cholesterol.
Olive oil constitutes a basic ingredient and extensive research points to its preventative qualities against certain types of cancer. Other benefits of the everyday Greek diet that have been identified include the control of body weight and the positive effects it promotes to counter memory loss and age-related diseases.
All in all, the Greek diet is great news for the health and well-being of the body and you can be assured that while your holiday will be rejuvenating for the mind, it will also be a rejuvenating break for your body.
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