The Mediterranean Diet is a term that our Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar Specialists are almost certain that you have heard. The Mediterranean Diet is primarily made of:
- Pulses (dry beans, dry peas, lentils, chickpeas and beans)
- Goat's and sheep milk
- Olive oil
The main source of fat in Mediterranean Diet is olive oil. This diet is becoming increasingly popular in America. However, the Mediterranean Diet doesn't just refer to another diet. It is a lifestyle.
The Mediterranean Diet is a way of living that has thrived because of its environment. The Mediterranean Diet, like all cultural diets is natural. It is the result of the environment. This climate is ideal for growing fresh fruits and vegetables year-round.
The abundance of Mediterranean Sea seafood is available to all.
The belief that food can be used as medicine has led to the creation of the Mediterranean Diet. Because of its emphasis on Extra-Virgin Olive Oil, the Mediterranean Diet offers numerous health benefits.
Although it can be difficult to follow the entire Mediterranean Diet in a country with no land, such as a cattle country, adding more plant-based foods and high quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil is possible and provides many benefits.
The Mediterranean Diet has been shown to significantly reduce the risk of heart disease. It helps to prevent strokes and improves brain health. Fat is also essential for brain health. Healthy omega 9's, as well as other components of olive oil, can help prevent Alzheimer's disease and improve cognitive function.
Olive Oil also stimulates bone health by releasing osteocalcin. Olive Oil is also good for healthy gut bacteria, which can be linked to a variety of diseases. It has anti-aging properties due to its antioxidant properties. It reduces the risk for cancers including invasive breast carcinoma. Olive Oil can be used during pregnancy to improve fetal health.
The Mediterranean Diet has strong potential to increase longevity and health due to its positive effects on chronic conditions prevention and treatment.
There are many practical and simple ways to incorporate these principles wherever you live, even if moving to the Mediterranean coast is not an option. We recommend that you start with 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
Olive oil is a rich source of aromatic molecules, which can impart a wide range of pleasant aromas. The Mediterranean Diet is a staple that includes dried beans, peas and lentils. They are rich in vitamins, minerals, and they are also high in nutrients. They pair well with Extra Virgin Olive Oil. This recipe for Extra Virgin Olive Oil & White Bean Puree is delicious when made with 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
There are many vegetable and salad recipes that use olive oil, as well as many other vinegars. A flavorful Goat Cheese & Garlic Spread is one of my favorite Mediterranean Diet recipes.
Our Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar Specialists encourage you to try these recipes if you have access to high-quality seafood.
- Shrimp and Avocado Salad With Ruby Red Grapefruit Vinaigrette
- White Fish Fillet With Radish
- Oder one of our other seafood dishes
The key to the Mediterranean diet is simplicity and tradition. Extra Virgin Olive Oil is a quality ingredient that stands out because of its flavor profile and does not require too much manipulation in the kitchen. This allows you to spend more time enjoying your culinary creations.