As you know, the Mediterranean Diet ROCKS... not only is it delicious but the literature also shows it helps reduce the incidence of so many chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease, cancer, Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's. It has also been shown to reduce cardiovascular AND overall mortality. If you need a recap on the Mediterranean Dieet fundamentals, click here.
All of the ingredients in this salad have a whole host of healing properties further boosted by the amazing spices turmeric and cayenne pepper. Turmeric has been used in the Persian and Indian diets for thousands and thousands of years. I grew up with this incredible spice as it is essential for almost all Persian khoreshts or stews. It is aromatic and the active ingredient, curcumin, boasts strong anti-inflammatory properties along with many other benefits from prevention of Alzheimer's Disease, cancer and arthritis. Cayenne pepper is high in capsaicin, the ingredient that makes them spicy. In foods, cayenne pepper has been demonstrated to prevent ulcers, suppress appetite and promote heart health.
I hope you enjoy and reap the health benefits of this totally delish Mediterranean bowl!