Greek food is rated as one of the top healthiest cuisines in the world. That’s because the traditional Greek diet is based largely around fruit and vegetables, wholegrains, fish, olives, olive oil, lemon, and a small amount of cheese and yoghurt. Greek cooking also relies on fresh, natural, unprocessed ingredients, and time-tested preparation methods. The best part is, you can book a table at one of the best Greek restaurants in South Africa and experience this deliciously healthy cuisine at affordable prices. Here are some fun facts about our favourite traditional Greek food.
The Greek diet helps you live longer
The Mediterranean diet originated on the Greek island of Crete, and according to medical research, Cretans have a high life expectancy and lower risk of heart disease, largely because of the food they eat. Their diet consists of olive oil, very little meat, lots of salad and vegetables, and is focused on fresh and simple cooking. Dishes such as grilled fish, or souvlaki are very popular, proving that healthy food can be full of flavour.
Good for digestion
Traditional Greek cuisine uses lemon juice as a key ingredient in cooking. Lemon juice is packed with health benefits – it’s high in vitamin C and helps aid digestion. Lemon juice contains citric acid, which helps break down fats and carbohydrates. It also gives a fresh, light, and zesty flavour to dishes.
Golden oil of the Gods
Traditional Greek cuisine uses a lot of extra-virgin olive oil. You’ll find this golden liquid of the Gods drizzled over salads, feta, halloumi, as a marinade for olives, and on vegetables accompanied with a sprinkling of salt and a squeeze of lemon juice. Olive oil is packed with powerful antioxidants and has a long list of health benefits, particularly for the heart. It has been proven to lower blood pressure, protect “bad” LDL cholesterol particles from oxidation, and improve the function of blood vessels. And just because this golden liquid is an oil, does not mean it’s fattening! Research shows that consuming olive oil does not appear to increase the likelihood of weight gain. Moderate intake may even aid weight loss.
You don’t have to fly to Greece to try traditional Greek cuisine. Mythos will bring Greece to you. Explore the authentically Greek menu, or book a table at your local Mythos and experience the flavours of the med.