For many years, the Mediterranean Diet® has been touted as the healthiest diet around. Praised for its role in preventing cardiovascular disease, this diet is fundamentally based on a lifestyle that promotes healthy eating habits, leisurely dining and exercise.
The simple, tasteful dishes in this report are reminiscent of the Mediterranean region that encompasses France, Italy, Spain, parts of Africa and other regions. Some of the recipes will be familiar, others will be brand new to your collection, but all of them will add variety to your table and healthy nourishment for your family and friends.
Once you’ve sampled a few of these dishes, you will be in love with the easy-to-prepare methods of cooking, simple ingredients and the tastes of the Mediterranean. Don’t forget to include an occasional glass of vino – it’s allowed!
During the 1990s, researchers became interested in the longevity of life in the Mediterranean regions of Crete and southern Italy. Their findings led them to the conclusion that diet, a family-oriented lifestyle and exercise were huge contributors to a longer and healthier life, practically free of chronic disease.
Don’t panic over the nutritional values in Mediterranean dishes – they list high fat and carbs, but they are the good kind. Good fats are monounsaturated fats in oils and the polyunsaturated fats in fish and nuts. Carbohydrates in Mediterranean dishes come from unrefined, fiber-rich ingredients such as beans and wheat. Always research the source of the fats and carbs in a recipe if you are unsure about the nutritional values and how they might affect you.
Good luck… Enjoy!