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.
Traditional Greek cuisine
Traditional Greek cuisine is distinguished by a combination of factors; unique ingredients, the Greek philosophy of sharing meals, and a healthy sprinkle of home-grown atmosphere.
The basic ingredients
Greek cuisine has four special components – famous Greek olive oil, fresh ingredients, distinctive herbs and spices, and basic simplicity. Greek olive oil deserves a special mention. Present in almost all Greek dishes, and frequently in abundance, it is exceptional in its quality and excellent for the health.
To this, you need to add the quality of fresh vegetables and herbs, nurtured outdoors under blue skies and glorious sunshine, so that they retain all their aroma and taste. You will be delighted with the taste of Greek tomatoes, lettuces, carrots, onions, parsley and garlic, not to mention the rich smells and tastes of fresh fruit: grapes, apricots, peaches, cherries, melons, watermelons, to name but a few.
Then we have the herbs, collected from mountain slopes and lush pastures, and world renowned for their taste, scent and healing properties. While eating one of the many different Greek dishes, the aroma of oregano, thyme, spearmint or rosemary will positively inebriate you!
Don’t forget to try our speciality Greek cheeses and particularly feta. As lambs and goats in Greece are free-grazed on herb-rich pastures, our meats have a taste that won’t be found anywhere else in the world.
Greeks will also tell you that seafood from the Mediterranean Sea is far tastier than that from the oceans, and it’s hard to argue when you observe the crystal clear waters of the Aegean and Ionian seas abound with fish. Charbroiled fresh fish in particular is considered a succulent treat here.