Is the Turkish cuisine healthy?

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Turkish cuisine and healthy eating do not seem to go together at first glance, as fast food products such as kebab or lahmacun are often associated with Turkish food. Sweets like baklava play their part in solidifying this impression. However, these dishes are seldom part of the daily menu of normal Turkish consumption and there is also a very healthy and calorie-conscious side of Turkish cuisine.

Turkey's cuisine has been influenced by Mediterranean cuisine for centuries, and healthy ingredients such as olive oil and garlic are often included in the ingredient lists of Turkish recipes. Olive oil and garlic can help prevent diseases such as arteriosclerosis, heart attack, and colon cancer. These diseases occur less often in the Mediterranean area than in our latitudes.

With the Arabic cuisine, various Bulgarian dishes were taken over into the Turkish menu and adapted to the local taste. Bulgur is specially pretreated wheat with a high protein and fiber content and low fat content. This means that the various Bulgarian dishes in Turkey are also a sensible and tasty addition to the vegetarian and vegan diet. The various starters, the so-called meze, can also be exciting for the meat-free diet, which are either served as appetizers with the starter or can form the main course in the form of several meze plates. Classic meze are mainly cacik (Turkish tzatziki), humus (with chickpeas and sesame paste) and haydari (with yogurt), which are relatively easy to prepare and can be a healthy and tasty substitute for peanuts and chips in front of the TV.

You can find a collection of delicious Turkish recipes on the website T├╝rkischeRezepte.de, for example.