The Turkish Diet vs Healthy Eating

Now I am no expert on nutrition  (although I have probably read enough about dieting and healthy eating to make me one) but they do now say that the Mediterranean diet is one of the best. When they say this I am not convinced that they include the Turkish diet in this equation, although technically we are Mediterranean. Now I don’t have any statistics on hand to back this up, I just know a lot of unhealthy Turks. I always thought that this was because of the amount of fat they added to their food. I am constantly telling my mum off for the amount of oil that she adds to her dinners.

But get this, a lot of studies on nutrition are now saying that eating fat doesn’t make you fat.

This goes against everything that we have ever been taught. I am still skeptical and I will keep encouraging my mum to lessen the amount of oil she uses, but I am less wary about eating what she cooks.

Minimise the oil in a Turkish dish and you will find that a lot of the food is quite healthy. The diet includes plenty of vegetables and pulses, all cooked to maximise the taste. You cannot accuse Turkish food of being bland.

You will have most likely heard by now that carbohydrates and sugar are the new evil. Whilst everyone can agree that sugar is bad, not everyone is sure that we should be limiting our carb intake. I am almost convinced that this is the way forward. I am currently trying to cut down on my carb intake, after all I have spent nearly all of my life over indulging on carbs, so giving my body a break from carbohydrates shouldn’t hurt too much.

I hope to include a lot of delicious and simple Turkish dishes to this site soon, just bear with my whilst I try to lose a couple more kilos. I am currently on a low carb diet, for example today for my late lunch I will be having a chopped up chicken breast. I cook this on the stove. I always use lemon, cayenne pepper and chilli flakes to spice it up – then add a random selection of herbs. I serve on a bed of salad. I sometimes add a dollop of humus too.

I am still a firm believer that you should eat everything in moderation, after all if you were to take the processed food and junk food out of a western diet, would we all still be unhealthy? I doubt it very much.

Experts haven’t quite settled the carbs vs fat argument yet so don’t get fixated on that for now if you are looking to get healthy. Just eat more veg – everyone can agree on that one!

If you are tempted to go low-carb, this is the book I am currently using to get ideas: