anyone try the Mediterranean diet

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Aeronsmom, Apr 19, 2006.

  1. Aeronsmom

    Aeronsmom New Member

    if so did it work for you and how can I get on this plan?
    thanks Ann
  2. Jane_Canuck

    Jane_Canuck New Member

    I haven't tried it but looks interesting so thought I would bump it for more responses!

    HAGD Brenda
  3. UnicornK

    UnicornK New Member

    i wanna know also! i'll google it and see what i come up with.
  4. UnicornK

    UnicornK New Member

    Since the 1950s, health professionals such as Ancel Keys have been studying the diets of the people of the Mediterranean. The people of Greece, particularly Crete, had the longest life expectancy in the world until the 1960s, followed by Southern Italy, Spain, and France. The important aspects of the Mediterranean diet are high intakes of cereals, grains, vegetables, dried beans, olive oil, garlic, fresh herbs, seafood, and fruit. Wine is taken with food in moderation. Meat and poultry are also eaten in moderation, with poultry more frequently served than red meat. Animal fats in the form of butter, cream and lard are not included in the diet.

    Much of the Mediterranean food and cooking found today can be traced back to times of antiquity. The area that compromises the Mediterranean consists of three continents and more than 15 countries. Some of the countries that influence the Mediterranean diet are: Portugal, southern Spain, southern France, southern Italy, Greece, Crete, southern Turkey, western Syria, western Lebanon, western Israel, northern Eygpt, northern Libya, northern Algeria and northern Morocco. It was on the shores of the Mediterranean that Western Civilization had its beginnings. The olive vine, wheat, seafood, and meats were enhanced by Arab spices from the East. The Arabs were said to have the greatest influence on the Mediterranean Diet, bringing nuts, saffron, rice, spinach, sugar cane, and oranges into the region.

    Within this web-site, we have provided an overview of ingredients, recipes, and characteristics of the Mediterranean diet. Utilizing the Mediterranean diet allows us to ease away from the modern day tradition of relying on manufactured foodstuffs, for Mediterranean recipes consist of natural healthy ingredients. A better understanding of Mediterranean food, cooking, and ingredients can make our diets more flavorful, enjoyable, and healthful.
  5. UnicornK

    UnicornK New Member

    Ingredients

    Due to the long and extensive history of Mediterranean cooking, it is difficult to list every ingredient found in the Mediterranean diet. Therefore, the following includes the most frequently used ingredients.

    Olive Oil

    Olive oil has been the most distinguishing element of Mediterranean cooking for thousands of years. The primary producers of olive oil are Spain, Italy, Greece, Tunisia, Turkey, Syria, Morocco, and Algeria. Spanish and Italian olive oils dominate international markets.

    Extra virgin and virgin olive oils: These olive oils have long shelf life and are high in anti-oxidants. Therefore, they can be repeatedly deep-fried without losing stability.

    Olive oil: This is the most commonly used olive oil. Olive oil is a blend of refined olive oil and virgin oil. It is also suitable for deep-frying.

    Light and extra light olive oil: These oils are pure olive oil blended with a small amount of virgin oil. Olive oil is high in monounsaturated fats (the "good" fats) and high in anti-oxidants, and is therefore recommended by health experts. Anti-oxidants are beneficial to coronary arteries, and have been found to reduce the risk of developing breast and bowel cancers. Although it is not good to consume too much of any type of fat, the fats found in olive oil are digested and metabolized more efficiently than other fats.

    Olives

    Olives have been used in Mediterranean appetizers for thousands of years. Green olives are often stuffed while black olives may be soaked in olive oil. Olives of different varieties are used in numerous Mediterranean dishes to add a distinct flavor.

    Onions

    Onions are often used in Mediterranean dishes to accentuate the flavor of oils. Spring onions, leeks, and shallots are used in various Mediterranean regions.

    Garlic

    Purple-skinned garlic, often referred to as Italian garlic, is the most widely used type of Garlic in the Mediterranean. Garlic produces a pleasant flavor and aroma when sautéed in oil. Garlic may be roasted or crushed, depending on the dish. Many health benefits have been associated with garlic and it is often consumed in capsule form. Research indicates that garlic can increase HDL-cholesterol (which is beneficial) while decreasing harmful LDL-cholesterol.

    Tomato

    Although the tomato serves as an essential ingredient in Mediterranean cooking, its appearance in the Mediterranean is fairly recent. The Spaniards brought the tomato to the Mediterranean from the New World. Initially, the tomato was considered an ornamental plant, not suitable for eating. Since the end of the eighteenth century, it has been used in various Mediterranean dishes. Tomatoes can be used in various ways. They can be sun-dried, pureed, sliced, or made into a sauce. Today, the tomato serves as a staple in the diet of many Italians.

    Fish

    The following lists a number of different types of fish used in a variety of Mediterranean dishes: Clams, mussels, squid, cuttlefish, and octopus.

    Herbs

    Mediterranean cooking makes use of a vast array of herbs to provide extraordinary flavor and aroma. These herbs are found throughout the Mediterranean but not widely used in every Mediterranean country:

    Anise, basil, bay leaves, borage, bouquet garni, caraway, chamomile, chervil, chives, corainder, dill, fennel, herbes de provence, lavender, marjoram, mint, oregano, parsley, rigani, rosemary, sage, savory, sorrel, tarragon, and thyme.

    Nuts and Seeds

    Nuts in many countries are considered a snack food. In the Mediterranean, they hold a much greater significance. Nuts have often been used to thicken sauces and give certain dishes texture. Oil has also been extracted from nuts. In earlier times, nuts were especially important because of their long shelf life. The following is a list of nuts found in a multitude of Mediterranean dishes.

    Almonds, pistachio nuts, hazelnuts, walnuts, pine nuts, and chestnuts.

    Bread

    Bread is perhaps the most fundamental part of the Mediterranean diet. Hundred of different types of bread exist throughout the Mediterranean, ranging from pita bread to Italian crostini. Dough is used to create a variety of foodstuffs, including various types of pasta.

    Cheese

    Cheeses of the Mediterranean are most commonly made from sheep and goat's milk. Some of the more popular varieties are bocconcini, feta, haloumi, kasseri, kefalograviera, kefalotiri, mascarpone, parmesan, and pecorino.
  6. UnicornK

    UnicornK New Member

    Sorry I didn't post this earlier. Fibrofog! LOL

    http://www.trincoll.edu/~jvillani/Mediterranean.htm
  7. UnicornK

    UnicornK New Member

    Bumping up for Ann.
  8. UnicornK

    UnicornK New Member

  9. Aeronsmom

    Aeronsmom New Member

    Very much for this information...I truly appreciate it very very much. and thank you for taking the time to search the internet.

    Ann