Have you noticed the media frenzy about how the Mediterranean diet can make you feel less blue? That’s probably because the kind of foods they use everyday are believed to boost the brain’s use of serotonin, a hormone which helps regulate our mood.
It’s not only depression that a red wine risotto might lift. The benefits are already known to include a lower risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and allergies so it’s not surprising there are advantages for the brain as well. Combined with regular exercise, eating these foods is also thought to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Overall, someone who lives on a Mediterranean diet is expected to live 10-20% longer, when other factors are taken into consideration.
Clearspring are a company who find artisan producers from all over Europe who can deliver oils, vinegars, pastas and grains to your table in a way that is ethical and sustainable. So they are a great way to source some of the basic Mediterranean food.
They are committed to organic and vegan sourced produce (and promise that none of their food has artificial additives, MSG, colourings, preservatives or added refined sugar) so you can tell that they have a passion for quality.
Balsamic and wine vinegars, olive and walnut oil, wholegrain pasta, Sicilian almonds, apple and blueberry puree (is your mouth watering yet?) – these are just some of the continental foods featured by Clearspring and all of them are part of the Mediterranean diet. They also source food from Japan (who also tend to live a long time – notice a theme here?)
In order for you to sample some of their treats I’ve arranged for one lucky winner to receive a hamper of Clearspring foods. All you have to do is send me an email to enter the draw – the offer closes on 23rd October 2009.