Mediterranean cuisine is known throughout the world for its many health benefits, it even has a reputation for helping to extend life. Being a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, legumes, and healthy fats such as olive oil.
As expected, Catalan cuisine is part of the Mediterranean diet. Just take a look at the traditional Catalan recipe book to realize that its main ingredients belong to the healthy Mediterranean diet.
A striking and important feature of the Mediterranean diet is that it provides the body with all the nutrients it needs and maintains a healthy balance between antioxidants, saturated fats, fibers, animal protein, essential fatty acids and monounsaturated.
Among its star foods we find:
Olive oil. The most important element of the Mediterranean diet, present in almost all meals. Its mild flavor makes it an ideal ingredient for salads, gazpachos, vinaigrettes and many other combinations.
Meat and blue fish. Always in small quantities the blue fish and lean meats, are the key to eating animal protein in a healthy way within this diet.
Cereals. We find it present in various forms within the Mediterranean diet, it can be in the different types of rice that are cooked, or the bread that accompanies several of these delicious recipes.
Tomato. Another of the most important Mediterranean ingredients. We could say that it falls into the same category as olive oil, in fact the combination of olive oil and tomato is the basis of many recipes of the Mediterranean diet.
Fruit. Preferably seasonal, since Mediterranean cuisine is characterized by seasonal cuisine and both ingredients and recipes are changing as the season changes to always work with the freshest natural ingredients.
Benefits for our health
Several experts have pointed out that the Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of heart disease, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, hypertension. It can also lengthen life, reduce cholesterol, improve cognitive functions, and skin health thanks to the consumption of antioxidants.
As you can see Mediterranean cuisine not only gives us exquisite recipes full of flavor and aromas, but also gives us endless benefits for health.
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