The famous Mediterranean diet, known for its health benefits as well as the taste of its ingredients, can be credited to a particular conjunction of factors: the use of fresh ingredients from around the Mediterranean, the wisdom of age-old traditional recipes, and the time-honoured methods of preparation (for example, spit, oven, grill or open fire) of these dishes.
In broad outline, the Mediterranean diet is based on a healthy intake of vegetables, pulses, dried fruits, pasta, cereals, fruit, green vegetables, fish, milk and dairy products, and, of course, the finest olive oils in the Mediterranean. Meats and, naturally, wines are also important, but both in moderation. A diet originally based on poverty but now served to royalty is the secret of the balanced Mediterranean diet.
Why the Mediterranean diet is so healthy? The Mediterranean diet is based on cooking with natural ingredients such as olive oil, fish, fruits, vegetables, cereals, poultry and eggs. Among the main benefits we will find, we highlight some below:
- Prevents obesity and cardiovascular disease Studies have shown that maintaining a balanced Mediterranean diet and avoiding industrial products helps maintain the figure.
- Prevents the formation of cancer Olive oil and omega-3 fats prevent the onset of breast and colon cancer. These ingredients are responsible for contributing to the elimination of toxins from our body.
- Keeps us young The Mediterranean diet helps us to live longer and in a better state. It is a diet rich in antioxidants that will prevent premature aging of our cells. In addition, the contribution of calcium will help to avoid the feared fractures of hip when approaching certain ages.
- Helps in the reduction of diabetes A low-fat diet that includes fish and olive oil will help reduce diabetes and control our cholesterol levels.
Very popular dishes in summer are the Gazpacho (a cold vegetable soup made of bread, tomatoes, cucumber, garlic, vinegar and virgin olive oil) and the Ajoblanco (a drink made out of bread, crushed almonds, garlic, water, virgin olive oil and salt), which is usually served with slices of melon. Fresh anchovies are another popular dish in Marbella. Don’t forget the Spanish omelette, popular at any time. The paella, the star dish in restaurants among foreigners throughout the summer.
Salad enthusiasts should try “Ensalada Malagueña“; this salad is made with fresh ingredients from the province and very refreshing; among its ingredients are boiled potatoes and oranges. Another recommended choice is the Peppers Salad or “Ensalada de pimientos“