Nutrition and Health Benefits
The scientific community has known the beneficial health effects of eating a Mediterranean Diet for decades, but itís only recently that the American public has begun taking an interest in this healthy, generations-old lifestyle.
For a review of some facts and figures about the benefits of NETO's Mediterranean cuisine, read on…
“The most popular food to emerge from the Mediterranean and Middle East regions is hummus… Unlike many foods that are good for you, hummus also tastes great. It is a perfect food for anyone who is concerned about eating well or who is on a low-cholesterol diet and doesn't want to sacrifice flavor.” read more
“Hummus connoisseurs love this recipe. This version of hummus is made with several different calcium-rich ingredients, including small white beans and broccoli.” read more
“Cooked chickpeas are the main ingredient, along with sesame paste, in hummus, the popular Middle Eastern spread.” read more
“Tahini is a source of calcium, protein and B vitamins. Tahini is a good source of essential fatty acids (EFA), these EFAs are used in helping to maintain healthy skin… Tahini is a frequently used ingredient for people on a raw food diet. It can be used by itself as dip with cruidité or roasted vegetables as well as being used as a spread on bread (it is commonly quoted as being a 'peanut butter alternative' but can also be used as a non-dairy butter / margarine).” read more
“Since time immemorial tahini has been a choice food in the countries which edge the eastern Mediterranean. The product of hulled and crushed sesame seeds, this delectable, nourishing, and wholesome thick paste with a nutty flavor is the mayonnaise of the Middle East. In consistency and looks it reminds you of peanut butter, but it has a more subtle taste. It is highly valued as a condiment in these venerable lands and, in particular, it has many culinary and health benefits attributed to it. To the people of the Levant, it is a near perfect food.” read more
“Did you know that half a cup of sesame seeds contains three times more calcium than half a cup of whole milk? In addition to being an excellent dietary source of calcium, sesame seeds are also a good source of manganese, copper, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin B1 (thiamin), zinc, vitamin E, healthy protein, and fiber.” read more
Health Benefits of Vegetarians Diets
“A considerable body of scientific data suggests positive relationships between vegetarian diets and risk reduction for several chronic
degenerative diseases and conditions, including obesity, coronary artery disease, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, and some types of cancer.” read more
Health Benefits of a Mediterranean Diet
“Decades of research has confirmed the health-giving benefits of traditional Mediterranean and Asian dietary and lifestyle practices (see Scientific Research). In fact, the evidence of these benefits is so strong that respected members of the scientific and medical communities decided in the 1990s to fully educate the Western public on the merits of this way of living.” read more
“Strict followers of the Mediterranean diet not only had significantly lower rates of heart disease and cancer, but also lived longer than those who did not follow the diet (New England Journal of Medicine, June 26, 2003).
A Swedish study suggests that a Mediterranean type of diet - one that emphasizes fish, olive oil, whole grains, legumes, and fruits and vegetables, and limits animal fats and processed foods - can help control the inflammation of rheumatoid arthritis (Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases). Legumes are found in Hummus, lentils and green beans. Vegetables are central in Babaghannoush and Moussaka. Shawarma is low in fats (it's drained off) and most of our dishes are made with olive oil.” read more
“Although as much as 40% of total daily calories are from fat in the traditional Mediterranean diet, cardiovascular diseases is substantially decreased.” read more
“Methods: We conducted a population-based, prospective investigation involving 22,043 adults in Greece who completed an extensive, validated, food-frequency questionnaire at base line. Adherence to the traditional Mediterranean diet was assessed by a 10-point Mediterranean-diet scale that incorporated the salient characteristics of this diet. Conclusions: Greater adherence to the traditional Mediterranean diet is associated with a significant reduction in total mortality.” read more
“The greatest exponent of monounsaturated fat is olive oil, and it is a prime component of the Mediterranean Diet. Olive oil is a natural juice which preserves the taste, aroma, vitamins and properties of the olive fruit. Olive oil is the only vegetable oil that can be consumed as it is - freshly pressed from the fruit.
The beneficial health effects of olive oil are due to both its high content of monounsaturated fatty acids and its high content of antioxidative substances. Studies have shown that olive oil offers protection against heart disease by controlling LDL ("bad") cholesterol levels while raising HDL (the "good" cholesterol) levels. (1-3) No other naturally produced oil has as large an amount of monounsaturated as olive oil -mainly oleic acid.” read more
“Researchers are faced with the question of whether the combination of tomato and olive oil does something synergistically, or whether the beneficial antioxidant effects are caused by olive oil alone. Extra virgin olive oil is particularly rich in the phenolic antioxidants as well as squalene and oleic acid, and high consumption of the foregoing in the diet provides considerable protection against colon, breast and skin cancer, coronary heart disease and aging by inhibiting oxidative stress.” read more
“Olive oil acts as a mild laxative, is a friend to the intestine and an enemy of ulcers and gastritis. Olive oil is a good tonic, with specific benefits for people suffering from heart disease.
Olive oil has been regarded as the "beauty oil". The body's cells incorporate the valuable fatty acids from the oil, making arteries more supple and skin more lustrous. The amount of oleic acid in olive oil is about the same as that found in a mother's milk and is thus the best growth supplement for infants.” read more
“Choosing extra virgin olive oil as your main source of dietary fat, combined with eating a healthy diet that is high in plant foods, may reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Moderate amounts of olive oil may also reduce abdominal fat, if eaten as part of a diet high in plant foods.” read more
“The health and therapeutic benefits of olive oil were first mentioned by Hippocrates, the father of medicine. For centuries, the nutritional, cosmetic and medicinal benefits of olive oil have been recognized by the people of the Mediterranean.” read more
“Throughout the ages, olive oil has been widely used for medicinal as well as culinary purposes. It has been claimed to aid digestion, to delay ageing, to prevent liver disorders, to aid bone growth, to strengthen nails, to heal tissues, to lower blood pressure, to treat acne and to soothe neonatal skin, to name but a few.” read more
“An abundance of fruits, vegetables and beans provides the many different phytochemicals that protect blood vessels and guard cells against cancer-causing substances. Now, studies show that olive oil may bolster each one of these benefits.” read more
“Yogurt is not just a delicious snack with fruits on the bottom, it has great health benefits. It is an excellent source of protein, calcium, riboflavin and vitamin B 12. When yogurt is compared to milk, yogurt contains more calcium and protein because of the added cultures in the yogurt.” read more
“The health benefits of yogurt have been sited for centuries, but many people still donít realize just how valuable yogurt can be to living a healthy lifestyle. Yogurt can actually benefit your health in a variety of ways, and it should definitely be added to your shopping list the next time you head out to the grocery store.” read more
“As functional foods quickly evolve, yogurt is considered to be one of the first natural functional foods offering consumers a great tasting, nutrient dense food rich in calcium, high-quality protein and potassium. "Research suggests that several non-nutrient yogurt properties such as sphingolipids, conjugated linoleic acid and butyric acid may play a role as anti-cancer agents," said M.E. Sanders, Ph.D., Dairy and Food Culture Technologies, Colorado. "Additionally, the fermentation process results in the conversion of milk proteins into certain peptides, some of which appear to have biological activity, including the ability to lower blood pressure and decrease cancer risk," added Sanders.” read more
“Why is yogurt so good for you - and does it really have all of those health benefits? Find out here!
Yogurt, the bacteria we eat. Surprisingly though this bacteria is a very popular snack. In fact, consumers annually spend well over 100 million dollars on this milk product, and eat over 200,000,000 pounds of it each year! Are you into the yogurt habit yet? If not, here are half a dozen good reasons why you should be.” read more