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Ouzo: Delicious and Oh So Greek

When Greeks say “Let’s go for a little ouzo,” this is not only an important social invitation but also a culinary pleasure that is rarely turned down.
Ouzo conjures up many images but the most common one is a picture of sitting at a seaside taverna as the hot summertime sun is setting over the Aegean Sea.
A carafe of ouzo is next to a bowl of ice on the table, and several small plates with grilled octopus, fried calamari, little fish in brine, fresh cucumbers and tomatoes, rich feta cheese, plump olives and other Greek delicacies are on the table.
With all that in the picture, ouzo could be spelled G-r-e-e-c-e.
Ouzo is made of distilled pure alcohol with added natural sweeteners such as anise, fennel, carob, molasses and fruit such as figs or plums.
And it gets even better: ouzo is good for you, not only for the soul, but your body as well — if consumed in moderation, of course.
One small glass of ouzo has about 150 calories, so it is not catastrophic if you’re on a diet. But the health benefits are definitely worth noting.
First of all, anise helps in the proper functioning of the intestine, and also helps in absorbing iron from food.
Ouzo is known to have the quality of dilating the blood vessels and, in this way, may reduce blood pressure.
The terpenes contained in ouzo have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant characteristics which may protect cells from diseases, including heart disease, some forms of cancer and neurological conditions.
Research also shows that components of ouzo have proven helpful in the fight against liver disease and help patients who suffer from Crohn’s disease.

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