Today, there are more and more willing to instill Cretan diet to diet. For the inhabitants of the island the secret of longevity is simple: eat that creates a rich Cretan Earth!
Cretans consume large quantities of fresh fruits and vegetables, legumes, cheese and bread. They use herbs to enhance the taste of prepared dishes. Make sweets, bake cakes using natural supplements sweet honey syrup and grape juice. A fine local wine – an essential member of every meal.
Until a few decades ago, the Cretans rarely ate meat. Meat has always had ritual significance as in Crete, and in the whole of Greece. In ancient times the Cretans ate meat only a few times a year, on holidays or in wealthy families on Sundays. In other words, the Cretan diet has very deep roots …
Olive oil Cretan earth … Gold
Loved, revered and closely guarded, as a son or daughter, the heart of the Cretan family. It nourishes, heals and protects.
“Virgin olive oil in Crete”
Virgin olive oil – a healing priceless treasure that must necessarily be present in the diet. It is a natural juice, secreted by fresh olives, contain a low percentage of acidity (0.1 – 1%). For millennia, it is produced on Crete from selected kinds of olive trees «Koroneiki». Oil obtained by treating olive a produced modern plant for the development of olive oil. The oil can be consumed immediately, without any additional processing. It has a wonderful aroma and fruity taste.
Biological, nutritional, prophylactic and therapeutic properties:
It protects and heals gastritis and hepatitis
Prevents the formation of gallstones
It helps with diabetes
It protects skin from the harmful effects of direct sunlight
Positive impact on the development of the human skeletal system
It extends the youth of tissues of the body – prevents formation of cardiovascular disease and many cancers
Unlike other vegetable oils, olive oil is rich in unsaturated fatty acids, more resistant to oxidation and reduces the amount of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol without affecting HDL (“good”) cholesterol. The latter is a type of defense against atherosclerosis.
Professor of Preventive Medicine and Nutrition
University of Crete
In a kitchen olive oil has significant support and antioxidant properties that allow it to be used to store food. At a time when refrigerators had not yet been invented, the properties of olive oil were absolutely necessary: Many housewives in those days kept local cheese Graveru, cutting it into pieces, putting in a glass bowl and pouring olive oil.