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FORECASTING 2015: WE PREDICT THE TOP 10 NUTRITION TRENDS FOR THE NEW YEAR

Today we hear a lot about the Mediterranean diet. UNESCO, the cultural arm of the United Nations, has proclaimed the Mediterranean diet one of civilization’s great treasures. But which Mediterranean diet? There are sixteen countries that border the Mediterranean Sea. I’ve been to most of them for extended periods of time, and I can tell you that there is no single Mediterranean diet.

What is eaten in Spain is very different from that eaten in Italy, and what is consumed in Italy is distinct from the diet in Greece, not to mention the other 13 countries in the region. If you ask most Americans for their definition of the Mediterranean diet, the response is usually eating pasta (and pizza), drinking red wine, using a little olive oil, drinking espresso, and adding some parmesan cheese to their meals. But that American version doesn’t look anything like the real Mediterranean diet. If you eat that way—and think you’re cutting your risk of heart disease and helping your body shed fat—it’s time to rethink.

THE REAL MEDITERRANEAN MIRACLE

There is no definitive caloric composition that makes up “the Mediterranean diet.” The best that researchers can do is to estimate adherence to food groups they think should be in the Mediterranean diet. A good guess is that about 60% of the calories in the Mediterranean diet are consumed as carbohydrates, 15% as protein, and about 35% as fat, which would make the Mediterranean diet close in macronutrient composition to the current American diet.

Let me say that again: When it comes to carbs, protein, and fat, the Mediterranean diet is almost identical to what the average American eats.

So why is it seemingly so much healthier? One word: polyphenols. The distinguishing feature of the diets in virtually every region that borders the Mediterranean Sea is not pasta but vegetables and fruits. We finally have enough scientific sophistication to realize that it’s the high levels of polyphenols—micronutrients that act as powerful anti-inflammatory agents—that make the Mediterranean diet unique. If you look at the Mediterranean food groups carefully, they usually fall into two broad categories: those rich in polyphenols (fruits, vegetables, wine) eaten in large quantities and those, such as red meat, chicken, and eggs, that are not great sources of polyphenols—and are eaten less frequently.

Furthermore, it is implicit that the fat in the Mediterranean diet is generally rich in monounsaturated fats (from olive oil and nuts), moderate in omega-3 fats (coming from fish), and low in omega-6 and saturated fats (from corn oil and red meat). Foods rich in polyphenols, monounsaturated fats, and omega-3 fatty acids and low in omega-6 and saturated fats may well explain why, despite having a similar ratio of carbohydrates, protein, and fat to the current American diet, the Mediterranean diet is so much more effective at preventing disease and promoting longevity.

source:http://www.mensfitness.com/

MELLIN Premium Greek Honey Fir with Thyme

Thick and limpid honey of amber colour with golden yellow tints. Characterized by a smell of wood and smoke. Its taste is slightly sweet with a long-lasting effect. Its flavour is of medium strength with tones of malt and caramel.

Our honey “ΜΕΛΛΗΝ“ of a limited production is produced of fir trees and thyme of Mt Giona and wild flowers and herbs of the wider region, as well. Mt Giona, in the Municipality of Delphi, also known as Asselinon Oros (mountain without moon) in the antiquity, with a maximum altitude of 2,508m, hosts our apiary. More specifically, it is located in Raches, an area of incredible natural beauty. The lush vegetation of the area in combination with the traditional way of production and standardization, solely kept by our family, attribute all those features to our product which make it stand out for its exceptional quality.

In this place the light enchants everything. Everyone is captivated by this light. The filter is the honey. He was aware the father of gods, Zeus the melissefs, who was raised thanks to this. Moreover, the honey gave strength to a second god, his son Apollo. Penetrating his body it became music, speech and theatre. In addition he blessed the secret voice of Pythia giving her the greatest power that exists in the world.
Perhaps the honey is very close to whatever all of us desire, the search for truth.

The name “ΜΕΛΛΗΝ“ comes from the combination of the greek words ΜΕΛΙ – ΕΛΛΗΝ – ΜΕΛΛΟΝ which mean honey, Greek and future respectively. The selection of the jar as well as the design of the whole package is based on the golden number Φ and the Euclidean geometry. The inspiration of the right side of the package has come from the Temple of Apollo in Delphi, in the vestibule of which the two well-known aphorisms ΓΝΩΘΙ ΣΕΑΥΤΟΝ (Know Thyself) and ΜΗΔΕΝ ΑΓΑΝ (Everything in Moderation) were inscribed on either sides of the sacred letter E. These 2 aphorisms, together with 145 more, were the mortgage the Seven Sages of Ancient Greece handed over to the next generations, benefits to the human life.

St. Olives - Gold Award NYIOOC

St/ Olive

St Olive single harvest is a premium extra virgin olive oil of extremely low acidity, available in limited quantities.

Characteristics:

  • Intense aroma of fresh – cut grass, mild aromas of unripe olive groves and tomato leaves and also discrete aromas of green peppers, almond and eucalyptus. It has a spicy taste and peppery aftertaste, a silky body, very good balance and great complexity.
  • It’s ideal for marinated foods, T-Bone steak fillets and as a dressing for soups.

This quality is achieved through a strict process of selection and processing. Only the best olives are chosen for cold extraction, which is followed by additional extraction of olive oil’s margarines through natural filtering with the use of organic materials. The later is a signal from the past generations; a tradition that is believed to protect  the aroma and taste of the olive juice during its storage.

The olive oil is then bottled by hand in high quality, thick tinted glass bottles and properly stored.  Lastly, it comes packaged in exclusively designed and awarded bottle.

The term “St. Olive” attempts to bring forward the chthonic, primary, life-giving character of the oil fruit. Its logo is a hand that blesses; –  made by a specialist in byzantine iconography - in order to be faithful to the codes of the symbolic language we choose.

It was our way to confirm what we believe is on the basis of every communication: everything, from the simple to the complicated, is "a leap of faith' and one there is no reason to take without being well prepared.

more: St. Olive

Nature knows how to treat most skin irritations

Nature knows how to treat most skin irritations

An increasing amount of people is nowadays aware of the long-term effects of many bath and beauty ingredients. So, there is no wonder why there is a strong demand for natural, organic and safer solutions.

Just as we prefer to eat pure, natural and organic food so should we use the purest and most natural products to treat our skin (although the term ‘natural’ is not always an indication of safety).

With this thought in mind, a young couple from Greece searched for a solution to treat their children’s everyday skin issues. Tilia Beeswax ointment is the result of this research. It is a 100% natural product that combines skin irritations’ treatment with cosmetic use, produced in a certified Laboratory and approved by the National Organization for Medicines (EOF), according to the EU regulations.

 It has a wide variety of uses: skin rashes, diaper rash, dehydration, burns, chapped or rough skin.

The initial idea of the product is not new. The combination of bio extra virgin olive oil and pure beeswax has been used through centuries for both cosmetic and therapeutic care of face and body.

Beeswax is a non toxic, complex, mixture of organic elements, mainly esters, fatty oxids and hydrocarbons. It’s also rich in proteins, vitamin A and minerals with antiphlogistic, calmative, anti-inflammatory, cicatrizant, demulcent, moisturizing properties. It doesn’t block skin’s pores.

Olive oil -especially bio extra virgin cold pressed olive oil-differs from any other kind of oil because of the high content of mono-unsaturated fatty acids and secondly because of the beneficial characteristics of the rest of the ingredients,  that either they don’t appear at all or they appear in smaller amounts in other kinds of oils. Olive oil has nourishing, moisturizing, demulcent, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, cicatrizant properties.

In order to create an ointment with excellent quality and effectiveness, raw material selection is very important. In Tilia Beeswax Ointment these raw materials are being selected by one provider only. Beeswax has undergone no chemical process neither has it been mixed with other artificial ingredients. Also through a mild process of preparation, the raw materials of Tilia Beeswax Ointment maintain the highest levels of their beneficial attributes.

For more information or to buy Tilia product press here

Who should follow the Mediterranean diet?

Mediterranean Diet

The answer to the question, ‘’Who should follow the Mediterranean diet?’’ is: Everyone. Every single person should follow a healthy diet so that he or she would be healthy in body and in mind. You should remember that you do not follow a diet because it is a fashion or because you want to lose fast a couple of pounds. You follow a diet, because you want to have a healthy living. A diet is a way of living and Mediterranean diet has been such a diet. It has been the way of living for millions of people in the Mediterranean Sea and this kind of living has been ‘’discovered’’ recently by dieticians and nutritionists around the world, who now encourage people to follow it.

Is Mediterranean diet more suited for certain people? The answer is No. Mediterranean diet is for all people of all ages, races, and nationalities. It is as healthy for a white woman in Canada as for a Chinese man in Australia. Following the Mediterranean diet we get protection from the sun, we get protected from cancer and it helps us fight diabetes and other chronic diseases. Mediterranean diet is also good and ssuitable for Vegetarians. Med diet is not a manmade diet. It is a diet which has matured through the years so that it would serve the tastes and needs of the nations in the Mediterranean Sea.

Women should follow the Mediterranean diet. Why? A recent Harvard study has shown that women who have adopted the Mediterranean diet and way of living, live longer and without disease! The study followed the dietary habits of about 10 thousand women who were in their fifties and sixties, 50s and 60s for 15 years. The results were amazing! Women, who followed the Mediterranean diet, eating lots of fruits and vegetables and other Mediterranean food, were more likely to reach their 70s healthy and free of chronic diseases like heart diseases and diabetes. The percentages and ratios were in favor of the Med diet and this is no surprise to most of us and it is certainly another piece of convincing data and supporting data in our efforts to convince the unconvinced!

Natural Sea Salt, Perfect For Seasoning the Finest Gourmet Dishes and Heightening Taste

Mediterranean Wild Sea Salt

If you watch chefs prepare their delectable offerings, one thing you will notice is that invariably they use natural sea salt as seasoning. There is a good reason. Natural sea salt is obtained evaporating ocean water that contains salt and other chemicals such as potassium and iodine salts. Apart from that an interesting fact is that sea water salt content is similar to the salt content in human blood and cells, making out a good case for using only natural sea salt, and not table or processed salts, as being good for health. You may or may not know it but table salt is processed and has additives like aluminum salts and potassium iodide. Aluminum causes kidney disorders and brain damage. Natural sea salt contains nicely balanced iron, sulphur, iodine and magnesium apart from sodium chloride in the right proportions. It is actually preferred if you care about your health.

Blessed with abundant sunshine and a large number of islands, Greece has an ancient tradition of making natural sea salt from the purest ocean water. If asked for their preference of naturally produced salt from ocean waters, chefs are more than likely to choose Greek sea salts. Sea salt has a distinguishing taste according to the region from where it is collected. You can buy French or Italian sea salt but it is not quite in the same class as naturally harvested sea salt of Greece. Sea salt is traditionally harvested from natural cavities after the seawater evaporates. It is washed in water and dried. Some makers of organic sea salt may even add choice herbs like thyme or rosemary to confer a unique flavor.

The proof, however, is in the eating. Simply get yourself a small bag of Navarino natural sea salt and prepare your favorite dish or with Terroir Wild Sea Salt. It will be different, delicious and of course, far more healthy

Top Doctors Recommend Mediterranean Diet Against Dementia to the British Health Secretary

Top Doctors Recommend Mediterranean Diet Against Dementia to the British Health Secretary

A letter signed by top physicians was addressed to Jeremy Hunt, the British Health Secretary right before the G8 meetings planned on the topic of Dementia, explaining why the Mediterranean diet may be the best solution for protection against this chronic disease....

A very nice article from Nutritionist and writer Elena Paravantes 
Source and Read more: http://www.olivetomato.com/ 

US Congress: Health Benefits of Greek Cuisine

US Congress: Health Benefits of Greek Cuisine

The health benefits of the Greek Mediterranean Diet were presented yesterday in the U.S. Congress. This event was organized by the Greek Embassy in Washington, with the cooperation of Members Joseph Crowley, Gus Bilirakis and Carolyn Maloney. Greek ambassador Christos Panagopoulos opened the event.

Among the over 400 people in attendance, were Greek businessmen active in the American market, Americans parliamentarians, academics, journalists, diplomats and members of the social elite of Washington. All attendees had the opportunity to taste unique Greek flavors created by famous Greek and U.S. chefs.

Greek-American chef, Cat Cora, known from the television show Iron Chef, participated at this event, as well as, chef Maria Loi, Diana Cochyla, Argiro Barbarigou , Michael Costa, Mike Isabella, and Catherine Stai.

- See more at: http://usa.greekreporter.com/2013/12/06/us-congress-health-benefits-of-greek-cuisine-2

2nd in the taste test: luxury honey of © THE FINANCIAL TIMES

Eulogia Thyme Blossom Honey2nd in the taste test: luxury honey of © THE FINANCIAL TIMES the eulogia thyme honey.

Eulogia thyme honey originates from the dry, rocky Dodecanese island region in southern Greece. A very sweet, thick honey with wonderful aroma and tones of thyme, hints of rosemary, citrus and hot cotton candy. This honey has a persistent and lingering taste reminiscent of what can be described as sweet delicate flowers.

Read more for taste test on FT:- http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/ac4be410-5240-11e3-8c42-00144feabdc0.html

Eulogia Organic Greek Fir Honey selected as one of Oprah's Favorite Things for 2013

Oprah's Favorite Things 2013"This is the ultimate, ultimate list of my Favorite Things," says Oprah. Why? Because no matter who's on your holiday list, you'll find everything from the whimsical stocking stuffer to the over-the-top indulgence.
"Derived from the sap of Grecian fir trees, this rare, raw organic honey is beyond luscious. The glamorous packaging will make it a much-appreciated holiday hostess gift."—Oprah

Greek Fir honey is one of the rarest in the world.

Our award-winning Eulogia Organic Greek Fir honey is harvested in the Mainalo mountain region of Greece. Unlike traditional honey which is created when bees collect nectar from flowers, our fir honey is created from the honeydew left behind by aphids that extract and feed on the sap of the fir tree. Much care is eulogia Greek FIR Honeyneeded not only to harvest the honey, but for the bees themselves in order to maintain a balance within this unique ecosystem found nowhere else.

This rare, raw honey is a product of organic farming and the only honey from Greece with a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) distinction from the European Union for its authenticity and uniqueness.

Its exclusivity, thick caramel-like texture and pearlescent luster make this a world-class honey bursting with extraordinary flavor and aroma, unlike any other honey.