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Smashing plates

To Nick Xenophon and Annabel Crabb: dancing on broken plates is silly, not funny; breaking plates is a senseless waste, not a Greek tradition (Kitchen Cabinet, ABC1 TV, 16/7/13). In earlier years the smashing of plates was only practiced in a small number of taverns and only by very few wealthy Geeks as a show off and they paid handsomely for every broken plate.

Mark Dymiotis,

Sent to The Age – Unpublished

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The traditional Mediterranean Diet

The traditional Mediterranean diet (i.e. the diet of this region before the 1960’s) is promoted as healthy and protective against disease. The Greek diet is regarded as the prototype Mediterranean diet. Traditionally, due to their dietary and lifestyle practices, the Greeks have very good health and life expectancy – without an expensive health care system. In Greece, the people of the island of Crete have a better health record and perhaps not surprisingly, the highest consumption of olive oil (25 litres per capita) in the world.

The Greek traditional diet is based largely on fresh, unprocessed seasonal plant foods. It is low in saturated fat and high in dietary fibre, starch, antioxidant vitamins (from cereals, fruit and vegetables) and polyphenols (from wine and olive oil).