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Jan 13, 2005


Kyösti Rantinoja

There is a solution to overweight and high mortality problem and it is called Χωριατικη σαλατα (Country salad or Greek salad).

Last summer I had a chance to spend two weeks with my family (a wife and two school-aged sons) in Crete. I think Crete is the perfect place in Europe for children to spend their summer vacation. The Cretan wine was excellent, the food was delicious and healthy too.

According a French research on nutrition, the inhabitants of Crete manifest the lowest mortality indices with respect to cardiovascular diseases and cancer. Just see this: http://www.cretetravel.com/Cretan_Diet/Cretan_Diet_1.htm

There are variations of the Greek Salad recipe, here is a one:

I have also found a decent recipe for a Greek Salad dressing. I have used the following:
• 1 garlic clove
• 4 tablespoons of olive oil
• 4 tablespoons of lemon juice
• 1 teaspoon of oregano
• 1 tablespoon of mint
• a pinch of salt
• a pinch of ground black pepper
Crush the garlic and mix all ingredients together. You don't have to be exact in measures. I would say just take a half measure of olive oil, a half measure of lemon juice and everything else according to your taste.

Καλη ορεξη.

Esperança Melo

Hello all of you careful eaters! This is really my type of topic!
For those of you who live in North America, let me just tell you that here in my sunny little corner of the world (Portugal) people are just as junk food crazy! It really disturbs me to see that humans don't learn lessons! Can't people see what overeating and junk food have done to the American population? They don't care! Their main objective is to beat the American obesity and cardiovascular disease records - it's all a big race! Here in Portugal I read everyday and watch TV - the healthy eating message is constantly being transmitted, but yet, people don't give a damn - they just want to stuff themselves with tasty stuff! The children's school snacks are cookies, yogurts, kinder cakes and candy bars...junk, junk, junk!!
I have to stop, as I'm already pulling my hair off! Children deserve to be taught, but how can they ever learn if their adult family members are almost all sloppy eating machines!

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