The eggplant is such a versatile vegetable!

THE eggplant, also known as aubergine, garden egg, guinea squash, melongene and brinjal, usually has an egg-like shape and a vibrant, purple colour. It is rich in fibre and low in calories, and provides a range of nutrients. It also features in the Mediterranean diet! Although the dark-purple version of eggplants is best known, the […]

Daily glass of red wine not good for the heart,  insist Spanish doctors

FAMILY doctors in Spain have debunked the popular myth about how a glass of red wine a day is good for the heart. In fact, they stress that there is no minimum, safe-alcohol level, and that any volume of alcohol at all increases the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease. The National Cancer Research and […]

Beware choriza, or become depressed!

PEOPLE who eat ultra-processed foods regularly, such as Spanish chorizo, are more likely to be depressed. That’s the verdict of a study by experts, involving 14,000 volunteers, which has determined that consumers of “low nutritional-quality” products, are 33% more at risk of the disease. The work was published by Spain’s University of Navarra, in the […]

Food with a view!

IT’S not very often that my partner and I venture to the beach to have dinner. We normally reserve that treat for weekend lunch, with a lazy stroll attached. But, recently, we headed to Fañabe beach front, to a recently-opened restaurant, and we weren’t disappointed. The restaurant’s location is great. It’s right on the sea […]

Dieters are steaming in, for magic beans!

EDAMAME, already a staple ingredient in vegetarian and vegan ready meals, as well as restaurant menus, in many western countries, has only just found its way to the vegetable racks of Spain’s supermarkets. But after advertising it as “a tasty snack that helps you lose weight without trying”, stores across the country have run out, […]

Supermarket waves a farewell to plastic

ONE of Spain’s best-known supermarkets has ditched single-use plastic carrier bags, in favour of sustainable alternatives. Mercadona, which owns 1,636 supermarkets across Spain and Portugal, has announced that the plastic shopping bags will no longer be available. The Spanish, family-run brand, is offering three alternatives: paper bags, large raffia bags and longer-life plastic bags, which […]

Avocado thieves also damaged some farms

POLICE in Axarquia have arrested seven people accused of stealing almost 30,000 kilos of avocados in the east of Malaga. The suspects, aged 19-30, are said to have committed the thefts across a dozen farmhouses and farms. The National Police say the group stole the avocados mainly in the El Trapiche area, causing damage costing […]

Healthy tale of kale

KALE is being heralded as “the new beef”, “the Queen of Greens” and “a nutritional powerhouse.” There are several great benefits of adding more kale to your diet: Good for digestion Kale is made from fibrous material, and, like most leafy greens, it’s great for aiding digestion and elimination. One big tip is to eat […]

This fruit is top banana!

THEY’RE often the fruit of choice for athletes looking to boost their electrolyte levels and get a quick energy boost, but bananas are a whole lot more than just a sweet treat, or a pleasant addition to a morning smoothie. Rich in vitamins, minerals and other beneficial compounds, bananas can also serve as a natural […]

Keep a close eye on current food trends

EXCESSIVE consumption of “trendy” foods, “green” supplements and “detox” products can be harmful to health, warns one of Spain’s main consumer organisations. The OCU says aloin, a bitter yellow-brown compound, and one of the main aloe vera components, can be toxic above a certain dosage. The exact volume is “under investigation” and safe levels for […]

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