Cretans eat the largest quantities of fruit and vegetables in western world! The consume three times the quantities of fruit and vegetables consumed by other Europeans!
It is another health secret, as they take in a lot of plant fibers in this ways, sufficient amounts of vitamins and other nutrients, which are necessary for the human body. Vegetables are believed to help the function of the digestive system and offer vitamins, which are necessary for the metabolism of certain tissues (like for example Β12, which is necessary for the production of blood). The vegetables consumed in Crete contain the necessary unsaturated fat acids that contribute to the prevention of cardiovascular disease.
Some of the vegetables of Crete originate from other parts of the world. The most characteristic example is the tomato. According to experts in the history of nutrition, it was rapidly integrated into the Cretan cuisine and became one of its basic ingredients. The tomatoes of Crete contain large quantities of antioxidant substances because the ripen naturally without hormones.