• The Mediterranean diet is a modern nutritional recommendation inspired by the traditional dietary patterns of southern Italy, Greece, and Spain The principal aspects of this diet include proportionally high consumption of olive oil, legumes, unrefined cereals, fruits and vegetables, moderate to high consumption of fish, moderate consumption of dairy products (mostly as cheese and yogurt) and wine, and low consumption of meat and meat products.
FOOD PYRAMID Rarely twice a week Often Every day
• A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, beans, and seeds provides thousands of micronutrients, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that can help protect against cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s disease, Benefits • among other conditions, experts say. The multiple factors at work in the Mediterranean diet, provide health benefits that "cannot be replaced by a supplement." • Monounsaturated fats, found in avocado, fish, canola and olive oils, are anti-inflammatory and fight disease at the cellular level. And olive oil, with its rich monounsaturated fat content, has gotten lots of attention. But according to a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine in 2003, it may not be the olive oil itself, but the interaction or synergy between all the foods that leads to the health benefits. • Studies show the Mediterranean diets protective effect against obesity and type 2 diabetes is likely due to its high proportion of plant foods, fish, and olive oil, along with moderate consumption of alcohol. • "A Mediterranean diet is high in fiber, which slows down digestion, preventing wild swings in blood sugar; reduces insulin resistance (a precursor of type 2 diabetes and improves insulin sensitivity to reduce obesity and type 2 diabetes,"
STRANGE EATING HABITS• The cultures around the world have each of them their strange type of food that is considered not only to be disgusting but it is also classified as weird, non-eatable, un-appealing etc. The Veres is a Hungarian dish with origins somewhere around the 15th century and during that age it was considered a meal of the poor. Originally was prepared from the blood drained from the pig’s cut throat. The blood was boiled until merely cooked and minced like meat, then it was added boiled pig organs also minced and pieces of boiled bacon.
• Nutria is a rodent which likes the water a lot, a mixture between the water rat and the beaver, and it is a herbivore animal with a very beautiful fir. In the beginning they were raised for their fir but soon during the great famine and the war became a valuable source of meat. In France they make soup out of it and in China they prepared almost 40 different dishes among which the weirdest one is that one serving dry nutria meat in thin slices like carpacio
• Typical Asian dish, Korean to be more specific, this food became popular all over the US and also in the great cities of Europe where the Korean restaurants became popular Initially containing rotted baby worms not reaching maturity, the recipe became more elaborate and started using mainly male worms “harvested” after dieing posterior the female fertilization.
• The latest trend in Chinese kitchen where anything eatable becomes fair game; this dish is something out of a horror movie. Setting apart the disgusting idea and considering only the presentation of this “phallic gourmet” dish, one’s stomach may turn upside down at the sight of something purple hanging in a Chinese meat store or presented on a lettuce platter at dinner.
• Casu Marzu is an Italian cheese made in the island of Sardinia. The strangest part about it is that in order to achieve the right level of fermentation close to decomposition, this cheese is added a species of translucent worms. This is done so the fat level will be broken down. It is an ancient recipe and it is supposed to result a real delicacy which… personally I am not tempted to try.
• In Asia, as the food is concerned, the life puts the movie out of business. The innocent sweet little sea horses are considered to be virility source so in spite of the fact that they are endangered species, these little creatures continue to appear as a dish on the menu of the Asian restaurants. They are boiled in oil and served with mustard sauce. They are said to be sweet but eating them seems quite a crime against nature.
• Scottish originated, this dish surpasses every imagination. The stomach of a sheep is emptied and washed, rolled with onions and put to bake in the company of turnips and potatoes. It is considered a delicacy and became now-a- days a gourmet dish after being centuries ago the Scottish poor sheep herder’s traditional food.
• The main dish of the African tribes, this combination of barbecued cow and sheep intestines and served with herbs like aloe and cactus is a nasty piece of work. Of course when hunger is tormenting one’s stomach, beggars can’t be choosers; but putting it next to other options in African food this dish fails by comparison.
• Top of the top in the weirdest foods chart, this odd creation of the human mind recently presented on Discovery, surpasses any other contestant.• Drained from slain king cobras in Thailand it is served as it is or mixed in drinks and is supposed to grant strange virility increasing and magical healing. It is a creation of “hunting for money” Asian industry and leaving apart that, it must taste disgusting; it is a crime against nature. Since a portion costs around $200-$250 dollars on the black market, soon king cobras will become extinct.
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