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Greek superfoods (Part 2)

Greece ● 20 June 2017
 

Greece is blessed with a great variety of natural superfoods that give the Greek dishes their characteristic taste and promote wellbeing and good health.  These are some of the Greek superfoods, which you can buy and take back home in amazing prices.

Kozani crocus

Crocus or saffron was drunk by the ancient Greeks to fight insomnia and hang over, but today the contribution of crocus in good health is considered more powerful that just a medicine against insomnia. The crocus grown in Kozani, in northern Greece, is among the most expensive spices in the world because it takes more than 150,000 flowers to produce a kilogram of saffron. It is extremely popular for its aroma, flavour and colouring properties, but the most impressive thing with saffron is its properties. It is packed with vitamins, iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium and lycopene, and it is known for its cancer preventive properties as it is a powerful antioxidant and anti-ageing agent.


Olive oil

Olive oil is considered to be one of the secrets of longevity in Greece. This main stuff of the Mediterranean diet is good for the heart, prevents thrombosis, has polyphenols that reduce bad cholesterol, is endowed with antioxidants that help battle cancer and the negative effects of ageing and helps diabetics control their blood sugar levels. Olive oil plays also an important role in the development of the central nervous system and ensures the smooth functioning of the digestive system. Olive oil has also qualities that are not related to food. It is used for cosmetic and pharmaceutic purposes. And why you should buy olive oil from Greece? An increasing number of studies have shown that the olive oil produced in Greece have a higher polyphenol content that this from other countries, such as Italy or Turkey.


Honey

Greek honey was prescribed by Hippocrates for all his patients, and the ambrosia, the food of Greek gods, is said to contain royal jelly. Honey is an amazing source of carbohydrates, antioxidants, vitamin B complex and minerals necessary for a balanced system. Greece's rich biodiversity, with a great variety of flowers, herbs and trees, has a special effect on the honey produced here, giving it exceptional flavour, aroma and density.


Yoghourt

Greek yoghourt has a special place in the Greek cuisine, and it is made from cow's or sheep's milk, containing valuable bacteria that help the digestive system and fight cancer. Furthermore, yoghourt has all the nutrients of milk (protein, fats, calcium and phosphorus), but it is suitable for people, who are lactose-intolerant.


Raisins

Greek raisins or currants are wealthy in nutrients, trace elements and antioxidants that help fortify our body against ailment. Although raisins are small and not very fleshy, two tablespoons of them per day meet 1/3 of recommended fruit intake. They have multiple health benefits: they provide energy boost, help deal with iron deficiency, have antioxidant properties, help lower cholesterol and blood pressure, and contribute to proper bowel functioning. Furthermore, raisins retain all these beneficial properties even when they are exposed to high heat, such as when cooked.

Where to Stay

Hotel in Marathon, Greece Myrto Hotel
Myrto Hotel
34, Marathonos Avenue, Mati (Nea Makri), 19009 Marathon, Greece

Myrto Hotel is located in Mati, just a few-minutes' walk from the beach. Athens International Airport is 16 km away, while the port of Rafina, which connects you to many Greek islands, is 4.5 km away. The centre of Athens is 30 km away.

Hotel in Piraeus, Greece Alfa Hotel
Alfa Hotel
11, Grigoriou Lampraki Str., Nikaia, 18454 Piraeus, Greece

Located in Nikaia, Alfa Hotel offers easy access to national roads. Nikaia area is 20 km away from Athens city centre. Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos" is 42 km away and Piraeus Port 6 km away.

Hotel in Athens, Greece Alma Hotel
6.8 10
Alma Hotel
5, Dorou str., 10432 Athens, Greece

Alma Hotel is located in the centre of Athens, just a 2-minute walk from Omonoia Metro Station, offering easy access to Athens Railway Station and Piraeus Port.


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