Fish & Mediterranean diet
The Mediterranean diet reflects the typical dietary habits of Mediterranean people. Based on the simple preparation of delicious dishes thanks to its wide range of products produced in these countries. At the same time, the recipes can easily be adapted to personal tastes of each person. The Greek version of the Mediterranean diet consists of products produced in Greece and formed the eating habits of the Greeks of antiquity. The last fifty years has appeared on the world stage a unanimous international scientific view that the traditional diet of the Mediterranean countries is healthier than Western or abundant diets. This consensus is reliable because it is the result of research work from all points of the world and is independent of industrial interest units or from any country.
The fish in the Mediterranean diet, recommended, on the basis of the pyramid, be consumed 2-3 times a week, as a key source of protein (along with red meat and poultry) and is rich in B vitamins and iron. Their fat content varies from species to species. However, the fat contained in fish, omega-3 fatty acids, belongs to the so-called "good" fats, ie those that are proven beneficial for the body and particularly the heart. Besides the provision of amino acids and fat, fish supply us with a plurality of vitamins and minerals such as vitamins A and D and those of the B complex (B1, B2, B3 and B12), while base metals and trace elements found in fish and seafood are calcium, phosphorus, zinc and iodine. Scientific research confirms that the fish are a rich source of high quality protein, essential vitamins and minerals, but above all constitute a unique and rich source of omega-3 series polyunsaturated fatty acids.
According to the health claim approved, under the EU Regulation 1924/2006, the consumption of fish as a rich source of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (EPA & DHA) and as part of a healthy lifestyle, helps maintain normal operation the heart, in the maintenance of normal blood pressure and in maintaining normal triglyceride levels blood. therefore eating fish two times per week, shields the human body and has all the beneficial effects of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids.
A good nutritional advice is to eat a variety of fish and do not stay continuously on one and the same. One also simple and wise advice is to always accompany the meal with salad. Finally prefer fish grilled, in the oven or steamed than fried.
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