Why Cretan live longer
In an age when the debate rages over the right balanced diet that leads to longer, healthier lives, and the expanding waistline of most of the Western world, Cretans sit back and smile contentedly over their dietary tradition and achievements.
The eating habits of the people of Crete, with one of the highest life expectancies anywhere in the world, at around 85 years, and one of the lowest incidences of heart and other chronic diseases, hail from antiquity and seem to be just the recipe. Following scientific research and statistical analyses since the 1960s, the Cretan nutrition and diet has been proven to promote health and longevity. Scientists strongly believe that the cause of these remarkable health patterns is the Cretan diet.
Perhaps the most important feature of the Cretan diet is its abundant use of organically grown, extra virgin olive oil. More than anywhere else in Greece, Cretans enjoy their "ladera" ("cooked in olive-oil") dishes, such as their veal casseroles and their okra dishes.
In some long-term studies, the Cretan population has been proven to have a lower incidence of heart disease and cancers than in other developed countries.
Cretan diet lies at the centre of attention, as most studies present Cretan cuisine as the most typical example of high-quality Mediterranean cuisine.