Let's sing the praises of the Mediterranean diet! It's mostly plant based, with protein coming from beans, fish and a little bit of meat now and then. Most nutritionists have come to the conclusion that it may be the healthiest way of eating in the whole world.
Olive oil forms the basis of many recipes from the lands around the Mediterranean Sea, with Italy, Spain and Greece being the major exporters of the golden-green oil. (California olive oils are not to be ignored, either.) Some of its health benefits include:
- Reducing blood pressure
- Inhibiting the growth of some cancers
- Moderating the risk of developing diabetes
- Lessening the severity of asthma and arthritis
- Even helping your body maintain a lower weight
A great source for a wide selection of olive oils and other prepared foods and delicious ingredients is Dean's Mediterranean Imports (108 West Elder St.) at Findlay Market. Dean Zaidan, who hails from Lebanon, has operated the shop for years but recently expanded the store and renovated the floors above it, where he now lives. Dean is a friendly, fun guy, so be sure to ask for him when you stop in.
OPEN ON SUNDAY, TOO!