Australian papers refer to the benefits of Greek nutrition, particularly the typical person’s diet on the island of Crete, for those suffering from type 2 Diabetes. After research conducted by the University of Canberra, Professor Catherine Itsiopoulos found that besides weight loss and a positive feeling of energy, the participants reduced two of type 2 diabetes symptoms: reduced glucose levels and increased antioxidant elements. Greek nutrition may also help prevent heart disease, contribute to longer life and reduce by 30% the risk of depression. Pregnant women who follow the Cretan diet reduce the risk of asthma and allergies to their children.
This kind of nutrition is based on the consumption of vegetables, olive oil, fatty fishes twice a week, red wine in limited quantities, minimal meat, milk products, nuts, and spices with limited use of salt.
The newspapers which published the basic points of this research mention that “Greeks may have financial problems at this time but their nutrition is unique throughout the world.” (Herald Sun).