The mediterranean diet is a lifestyle easily recognizable in the mediterranean countries, being Spain one of the best representatives among Portugal, south of France, Italy, Greek and Malta. It is a dietary pattern which combine ingredients from the local agriculture, the recipes and ways of cooking typical of each place, the shared foods, celebrations and traditions, that along with daily practice of moderate physical activity favoured by a propitious weather which complete that lifestyle that the modern science encourage us to adopt for the benefit of our health, making it an excellent model of healthy life.
Below we are showing you 10 basic guidelines that will make easier to follow a mediterranean diet:
Last march we read an article on the American newspaper Huffington Post that caught our attention and we had pending a little review. On that article the journalist talks about the habits, typical foods and some lifestyle facts that make us, the Spanish people, better at life. The mentioned text shows us how some things that are part of our day-to-day are really representatives of our gastronomic culture and make us completely different to any other nation. However, there is some facts listed on this article that are just clichés and, even they contain a little truth, we will like to clarify from the point of view of a Spanish.
Therefore, we are going to reproduce the original article but we’ll intersperse our explaining notes, which we hope to help you understand our gastronomic culture a little better.
(You’ll find a link to the original source at the end)
Wine is enjoyed thoroughly only with a sensible consumption, and we have to move away the old idea it is the responsible of the alcoholism. In Europe in general, and in the mediterranean countries particularly, the wine culture is milenary and it was feed source historically, inasmuch as it is a peculiar beverage: in addition to alcohol and other inherent substances, it contains vitamins, minerals, acids, amino acids, antioxidant polyphenols and nutrients that our organism needs for its proper functioning.
Today we want to show a great serie of videos elaborated by the Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade (ICEX). This serie of 10 instructive short videos shows many things about the the spanish wine: some history about the origin, the different grapes cultivated in each region, the many Denominations of Origin, and also some advices about the Spanish gastronomy and how to marinate each wine with our fabulous typical meals.
These videos are friendly presented by Manuel Barrica, also known as Mr. Barrel, an Spanish American-oak-made cask, who owes his good english speaking level to his origin.
The specialist Rubén Bravo, expert naturopath in nutrition for the European Medical Institute of the Obesity, has elaborated diet based on iberic ham and red wine ¨good for the taste buds and good for the heart¨. By eating the tipical Spanish tapas based on good Iberico ham and a glass of wine, it will become a double pleasure. The pleasure of savour rich delicacies and knowing the benefits that the products we are consuming are providing to our organism.
In the same way we will never find a Van Gogh, a Gauguin a Monet or a Picasso in a street market stall since its natural destiny is a museum or a collector’s hall, we should find the masterpieces of our gastronomy in a similar environment. This is “Very best of Spanish delicatessen”.With our work we claim to be like that collector’s hall where we show, from the products with prestige achieved in a whole life of hard working, to the most little masterpieces of our varied and rich gastronomy that are breaking through like those unknown artist destined to be grandmasters.