Holding 13 Michelin stars, as well as being the origin of many of the local products, Mediterranean cuisine – In particular that which is found in the Comunitat Valenciana is in its golden age. The number of people consuming this tasty, natural and healthy cuisine is on the increase, and as a result Levantine menus are clearly winning against their Greek, Swedish and Japanese counterparts. If you are still asking why, we will now talk about the various health benefits of eating rice, olive oil and white fish, amongst many other ingredients that can be found in Valencian cuisine.
Olive Oil – This ever-popular plant extract can be found throughout the world, and is the prime component in the Mediterranean diet, thanks to its many essential vitamins, antioxidants, essential fats, protein and carbohydrates amongst many others. Why is it a health benefit? It’s perfect for reducing bloody pressure, regulating cholesterol, reducing inflammations, combatting cardiovascular disseises, constipation and destroying cancer cells.
Rice – The primary ingredient in the Comunitat Valenciana as well as twelve different countries on five different continents; Rice can be found in numerous master recipes such as paella, black rice etc. which we already included in the 5 gastronomic delicacies only found in Alicante. Rice is a strong source of carbohydrates, fibre, protein, folic acid, thiamine, iron, calcium and Vitamin E. Why is it a health benefit? Consuming rice can lower blood pressure, prevent Alzheimer’s disease, reduce the cause of cancer and numerous cardiovascular diseases, whilst also being a diuretic that can help with digestion and surprising, can delay the appearance of wrinkles and other signs of aging.
Garlic – Both Greek and Roman cultures cultivated and consumed this vegetable on a regular basis – There are codex’s that date back to 1550 B.C. that state it’s numerous health and medicinal benefits. Its rich mainly in diallyl sulphide and allicin. Why is it a health benefit? According to recent studies, consuming garlic on a daily basis can prevent colon cancer and numerous cardiovascular diseases. It has many bactericidal, fungicidal, antiseptic and antioxidant properties, making it useful to combat countless bacteria, viruses and infections.
White Fish – Hake, monkfish, cod, and many other low-fat fish are widely used in the preparation of seafood dishes; Besides their irresistible tastes, they are rich in protein, B Vitamins and many other minerals. Why are they a health benefit? They are easy to digest, reduce cholesterol levels and prevent the onset of heart diseases and osteoporosis.
Tiger Nuts – This basic ingredient of the delicious Horchata de Chufa, was widely used amongst the Egyptians due to its high mineral, protein and vitamin count, being now considered a delicacy to one’ palate, which can be found in the many corners of Valencia. Why are they a health benefit? They are an unbeatable remedy for headaches and colon irritation, whilst helping the digestive system, improving retention, as well as having probiotic, astringent and hydrating properties, making them especially recommended for diabetics.
Valencia is proud of having a wide variety of delicious and healthy ingredients, partly explain the growth of wine tourism in Alicante and hotels in coastal destinations whilst also having the many benefits of the Mediterranean climate. If you decide to visit these coasts, don’t forget to try some of the local delicacies as they are sure to both delight and impress.