While Mediterranean cuisine is appreciated as much for its flavour as it is for its health benefits, there are some misconceptions going around as well. This unique cuisine can be truly enjoyed when you know what you are going for.
Good oil or bad oil
Not all oils are equal, and hence, are not all good for you. Although foods cooked with extra virgin olive oil are healthier than your average vegetable oil, the cooking method also counts. Most Mediterranean dishes are lightly sautéed, fried, or tossed with olive oil. This allows you to enjoy the benefits of oil without overdosing on it.
Not just carbs
Mediterranean food is an ideal choice when it comes to the food pyramid. The focus is always on balance, so there are plenty of fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, and seafood dishes. Dairy products also play a major role. Even a typical pasta dish is not a heaping plateful. The pasta is always well-complemented with vegetables, fish or any other protein.
Easy on the pocket
Mediterranean food is simple, and inexpensive in its simplicity. You are using fresh ingredients, with a balance of vegetables, fruits and nuts, and your protein sources include seafood, beans and lentils, all easy to source at great prices.