The super foods are fruits, vegetables and other natural products with high concentration of high quality nutrients such as vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, proteins, omega-3 and monounsaturated fatty acids and high nutritional value. High quality ingredients mean nutrient with high absorbability from the body.
Medically speaking, they are immune-boosting cancer-fighting ingredients that reduce risks of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other ailments, gathering many of the nutrients of nature, often concentrated in a mouthful!
Greece produces a plethora of super foods, which, combined with the Greek cuisine and the eating habit of serving easily-digested small plates of food called ‘mezes’, cooked with extra virgin olive oil accompanied by a high consumption of vegetables and a glass of red wine, contribute to the fact that Greek diet is scientifically proven connected directly to longevity.
Today, the most important Greek superfoods are certain fresh fruits (pomegranate, berries, blueberries, raspberries, goji berries, acai berries, cranberries, aronia berries, ‘krana’ or cornelian cherries, hippophaes, grapes, figs), dried fruits (corinthian raisins, apricots, figs), nuts (walnuts, almonds, cashews, apricot kernels), seeds and cereals (flaxseed, Zea, quinoa), vegetables (broccoli, spinach, capers, alfalfa, aloe vera), some algae (spirulina, Chlorella), bee products (honey, royal jelly, propolis, pollen) and other products like kefir, ginger, ginkgo biloba, truffle and Chios mastic.
Ancient Greeks appreciated the nutritional value of many foods, although ancient Greek cuisine was characterized by frugality and austerity. Rarely did they eat meat and fish, but dried fruits and vegetables were consumed daily. As dessert, fruits and nuts were combined together as an aphrodisiac mixture of high protein quality.
Overall, there are many foods that scientists have named super foods. Concentrated in them are many of nature’s nutrients, most offered in a single bite. Foods often not-so-known that Greece has to offer, foods that nourished people over the centuries, offering wellness and longevity, always within the context of a balanced Greek diet.