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A new study gives Greek cuisine top place among healthy ethnic cuisines!
Greek cuisine was named first among healthy ethnic cuisines, according to a study conducted by American dieticians involved in the promotion of health.

Specifically, the study named the 10 healthiest cuisines around the world, with Greek cuisine, which is identified with the Mediterranean diet, being the best.

Harvard University specialists found that traditional Greek food, which prefers dark, leafy vegetables, fresh fruit, pulses with high fibre content, seeds in general, fish rich in omega-3 fats, as well as top quality olive oil, in particular, guards the human body from illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, etc. In regard to heart disease, in particular, the study states that Greek nutrition has been associated with a 25% drop in the risk of presenting heart disease.

According to the study, Greeks tend to eat small quantities, but a large variety of dishes (known as “mezedes”) and, as a result, they consume very little meat and prefer food with fewer calories, such as fresh fish, complex carbohydrates (beans, aubergines, whole-meal bread – cereals), olives and dried fruit and nuts, such as walnuts. As a result, they enjoy food more, while their calorie intake remains low.

Daphne Miller, Associate Professor at the University of California, San Fran-cisco, actually recommends Greek dishes such as salad, fish, olive oil and garlic!

 

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Miller, Daphne, “The Jungle Effect: Healthiest Diets from Around the World--Why They Work and How to Make Them Work for You” (http://www.connect-green.com/10-healthiest-cuisines-from-around-the-world/)

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