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April 2017
Healthy eating
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For many years wholegrain foods have been considered the ‘foods of poor people’ compared to products made using refined flour. However, this is not true: eating wholegrain foods means providing your body with the precious nutritious substances it needs.


Ancient populations that inhabited islands and coast lines mainly lived off fish and this food, along with fruit and cereals, made up the initial ‘Mediterranean diet’. Even today, fish is still considered an important food for millions of people due to the fact that 70% of the world is covered in water and this is where a great source of protein can be found.


Thick, like in Naples, or thin, like in Rome. Very simple, with tomato and oregano, or overloaded with ingredients from eggs to prosciutto, vegetables and sea food. Cooked in a classic wood fired oven or frozen and heated up in the microwave. A slice or a whole circular one, taken away or eaten in historical and old restaurants with paper tablecloths. It is quintessentially Italian. It has the same name all over the world; from America to Japan, there is only one way to pronounce it: pizza.


Bread is one of the most common and well known foods all over the world and it is also one of the foods that has the most varieties, regarding the ingredients, the quantity of the ingredients, preparation and shape. The basic ingredients are flour, water, salt and yeast, but some of these can be substituted with other ingredients and they can be added in a different order, in different amounts and worked on in an almost infinite number of ways and for different amounts of time. These factors usually depend on the resources available and the traditions of the area where the bread is being made and then sent to.


The origins of cultivating vines, typical plants of the Mediterranean, are lost in times. Wine, a drink known and loved by millions, is obtained from the fruits of this plant, through alcoholic fermentation of their juice. In this section you will learn how to classify various types of wine, preservation techniques and the best ways to serve wines so as to bring out every quality.


The Greek origin of the word for cheese (formos) shows us, as often happens, that this food was used in ancient times by almost all the populations of the Mediterranean basin. Greek mythology says that Nymphs taught Aristeo, son of Apollo, the art of curdling and transforming milk.


An enjoyable treat, complete and rich in good substances. A bit of history, classification and useful information which will help you to choose the best product for a healthy and tasty diet.


Pasta is a very tasty food and it also stimulates our imaginations because there are numerous ways we can cook it. Pasta is a typical Italian first course and do not worry: it is not bad for you at all, just be careful with the portion size.


According to the Dictionary of Jovial Gastronomy, a saucier must be practised and sensitive to all the nuances needed for the preparation of a sauce, like knowing about harmony, chemicals, sensitivity of tastes and attention, all of which is touched by the hand of a genius. Even without wanting to compete with the creations of international chefs, with just a few rules and some experience, sauces can become part of your everyday cuisine. A good sauce, even a homemade one, can make a dish or a meal memorable!


Is it good or bad for us to drink coffee? When is it a good stimulant and when should we avoid it? The answers to these questions and others about this drink, which is not an integral part of the Italian cuisine, can be found here.


What is so loved and popular about ice cream? Is it the sweetness or the taste of cold, or the mixture of ice and sweetness? In this article you can read about the history of ice cream and you can find some recipes for this food which, if consumed in moderation and sensibley, contributes to a healthy, balanced and – why not? – pleasurable diet.

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