Benefits of Mediterranean cuisine

Food & wine

How you eat very much reflects on your health and wellbeing. Here are some healthy choices you can take from the Mediterranean diet.

Olive oil

Olive oil is a staple of Mediterranean cuisine, and rightfully so. It can be used in a variety of dishes, for cooking, frying, as well as raw. It also has wide application as a beauty treatment, moisturizing and revitalizing skin and hair. Olive oil is a very healthy oil, full of saturated fats, antioxidants and omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, with the most beneficial fatty acid being oleic acid, responsible for lowering cholesterol and decreasing blood pressure.

If you’ve ever been to the Croatian coast, you couldn’t have missed its abundant olive orchards stretching along fields and roads. Cultivating olives and producing olive oil is a long-lived tradition in Dalmatia as is in all of Mediterranean, so you can enjoy exquisite olive oil while you stay here.

Seafood

There is quite nothing like the taste of seafood served fresh from the sea! But it’s not only unbelievably tasty, it’s also nutritious and packed with minerals, vitamins and healthy fatty acids. Fish are high in protein, magnesium, phosphorus, iodine, and selenium, as well as B-complex vitamins, vitamin D and vitamin B which help boost your energy, metabolism and concentration.

Omega-3 fatty acids are so important to our bodies, most people take them as diet supplement. When you eat fish, you get it directly from the source. Most restaurants on the Dalmatian coast will fish their seafood and prepare it that day, so you can be sure you’re eating fresh fish or seashells.

Garlic

Not all people enjoy the distinctive taste of garlic, but its unique aroma is a valuable addition and flavor booster in many Mediterranean dishes. It is also a well-known remedy known to be used in alleviating the symptoms in the common cold. It has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, and its high sulphur content flushes out toxins. Garlic is also very nutritious, and low in calories. It is rich with manganese,magnesium, vitamin B6, vitamin C, potassium, iron, selenium and fiber, and incorporating it into your diet is great way to relieve high blood pressure and build your immune system.

Wine

Moderately drinking red wine is very good for your heart.

Because red wines high in tannins contain procyanidins, a class of polyphenols which protect against heart disease, as well as antioxidants that help keep your blood vessels felxible, drinking wine reduces the risk of heart attack and cardiovascular disease. Wine also boosts levels of good cholesterol and lowers the levels of bad cholesterol.

Enjoying a glass of wine never sounded better, don’t you agree? Fortunately, Camping Village Šimuni has the all the best wine and Mediterranean dishes made from these beneficial ingredients, and you can try them all at our Mali Raj restaurant!

Now that you know all about Mediterranean food, it’s time to book your ideal vacation in Camping Village Šimuni, and start exploring the wonders of local cuisine!

 

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