Italian food is healthy for your body and mind

 

I come from a long line of Italians and while we do live in the United States now, I watched my mom and her sisters get in the kitchen all throughout my childhood. I enjoy preparing some simple dishes myself, although I have less time on my hands than they do now, especially as they’re retired. What I can say about this type of culinary tradition is that it is much healthier than most people would expect it to be.

On the one hand, most of the recipes that you might find in an Italian cookbook contain olive oil. Some argue that it’s not particularly healthy, but I feel compelled to note that when it consumed raw, olive oil can even help with the body’s liver health. While the classic recipe for pasta begins with some garlic fried in a bit of olive oil, we don’t always do that. Recipes differ from one another, and that’s why you might be surprised to find out that Italians use most of the olive oil they typical add to foods for dressing salads, grilled vegetables, and meats.

The main difference between the Greek cuisine and the Italian one consists of the cheese. While we do eat feta from time to time, it’s not one of our specialties. Instead, we prefer mozzarella cheese, one of the most well-known varieties on the surface of the earth, and that’s because it’s far healthier.

Tomatoes are something that you’re likely to find on our table, whether they are the major component in a pasta sauce or consumed as they are. Tomatoes are packed with vitamin C and other unique nutrients such as Vitamin and fibers. They’re fresh and can add a certain tang to every dish. I love them in salads and soups just as well as I like them in my pasta.

Italian cuisine is also characterized by simplicity. While most countries have adopted the whole pizza idea and have transformed it from a simple and easy to make specialty into a heavy and oil-rich type of food, if you go to Napoli, you’ll see that people still eat Pizza Margherita. What this means is that we like just a few toppings as long as the crust is made of the best flour. Just add some nice tomato sauce and mozzarella and you’re all done for pizza.

In areas where one might go out at sea and fish, we also consume loads and loads of seafood. Some of my relatives in Napoli go out and eat shellfish on a regular basis. Nothing tastes better than the salmon you cook for yourself in a pan with just two or three spices, believe me. Seafood and fish are filled with omega-3 fatty acids, selenium, and healthy protein. These are just a few reasons but I could go on forever telling you why Italian cuisine is healthy.

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