Cretan diet consists mainly of vegetarian products such as cereals, vegetables, fruit, olive oil and Cretan herbs.
Olives, olive oil and herbs play an important part in the resistance of a Cretan diet constitution.
The consumption of olive oil is a distinctive attribute of the Cretan diet.
For centuries olive oil has been curing both body and soul and is an indispensable element of the daily diet.
Oil is generously poured on all casserole food, meat dishes and pastries.
Raw it is used for salad dressings and rusks breads soaked in.
Bread, olive oil and coarse salt, or olive oil, cinnamon and sugar is a beloved snack of Cretan diet.
One of the biggest characteristic of Cretan diet along with Olive Oil is Cretan Herbs.
with therapeutic attributes, if consumed daily, promote health and long life.
The ancient Greeks had recorded more than 1000 plants.
8 BASIC POINTS OF CRETAN DIET
1- High ratio of monounsaturates (olive oil) over saturated lipids (butter, lard)
2- Moderate consumption of alcohol (1-2 classes of red wine /day)
3- High consumption of greens/vegetables
4- High consumption of cereals (including whole grain bread)
5- High consumption of fruits
6- High consumption of Herbs
7- Low consumption of meat and related products
8- Low consumption of milk and dairy products