With a greater percentage of the world’s population becoming health and image conscious, many people are adopting new diets to try and reduce any future health problems. Some statistics have suggested that health conditions such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes can be caused by an unhealthy lifestyle and a lot of people turn to a Mediterranean diet as a healthy alternative.
What does a Mediterranean diet consist of?
A Mediterranean diet is not solely based on food alone. It combines lifestyle habits, eating habits and techniques in cooking foods. A mixture of healthy living and healthy eating is what makes a Med diet different to that in the more modern and western areas of the world.
Producing and consuming natural foods that are not processed is the basis of Mediterranean meals. Fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs are present in almost all Mediterranean foods.
Although the news often suggests consuming alcohol could be detrimental to one’s health, wine in moderation is encouraged within Mediterranean diets.
Mediterranean diet health benefits
The Mediterranean diet is one that is good for the heart. Cardiovascular diseases, such as coronary heart disease are said to be prevented by adopting the Mediterranean diet and the hearts functioning can be improved significantly.
Mediterranean foods contain various vitamins and antioxidants which can prevent various types of cancer developing. High blood pressure, cholesterol and Alzheimer’s are also claimed to be prevented by consuming Mediterranean foods.
Types of Mediterranean foods
A mixture of aubergines and lamb makes the Greek-styled moussaka. The lamb and eggplant casserole once cooked becomes crusty and golden as it is covered with a thick layer of béchamel sauce. This popular dish is full of herbs and two types of cheese and a classic moussaka recipe is delicious and full of healthy components.
Another popular dish is a lamb tagine. The best way to describe a lamb tagine is a stew because it is mixed with vegetables and sometimes with fruit. Often drenched in a sauce, this is a rich and spicy dish which has a thick texture and is traditionally cooked for a number of hours.
Tagines act almost as portable ovens which are made from earthenware that has been glazed and has a conical lid to retain the foods moisture and heat. Modern tagines can now be used in the oven and the food is both cooked and served from the tagine creating a real sense of authenticity.
Lamb tagine is a great idea for a dinner party as the evening could have a Mediterranean theme and your friends and family can be introduced to the healthy Mediterranean diet: although it is unlikely wine will be consumed in moderation in this environment!
Whilst moussaka and lamb tagine are two fantastic Mediterranean foods it is unlikely a Mediterranean diet will be adopted each and every day and individuals should consider including these dishes with their normal diet instead.
Those wanting to try making some of these dishes should seek advice from expert companies such as Schwartz who offer everything from pre-packaged spices to easy to follow recipes.