Spicy for keeping cool

Summer always comes strongly to our geographical area, and stays with us longer than normal; having to follow a set of guidelines to combat the high temperatures. During this time is always reminded that we must drink plenty of water, avoid heavy meals and eat more fruit and vegetables. But, what about the spicy?

For the European culture it is inconceivable to eat spicy in warm weather. It is mistakenly think that spicy food will increase the feeling of  being overwhelmed, raising body temperature, and nothing could be further from reality; after the initial high temperature the body acts in such a way we get a pleasant sensation of freshness. why this relationship?

There are many myths about spicy food: that it causes hemorrhoids, heartburn or that could cause contractions in pregnant women. On the other hand, various scientific studies show that some chemicals in foods such as chili, curry or pepper can have positive effects on the health, fighting at the same time against the summer heat.

The reason can be found in the capsaicin, the main chemical found in this type of food. Capsaicin is responsible for activating pain receptors in the mouth and throat before that sensation of heat, sending a signal to the brain to accelerate the pulse, releasing endorphins and increasing the sweating.

The sweat thus becomes a defense mechanism to refrigerate us when we need it most, this absorbs the heat of our skin and evaporates, feeling cooler: Curiosities of life!!!

At Fresco you can find the best spicy dishes for this summer, and may combine them with an amazing beer or sangria, the best feeling to fight the heat, with Fresco seal.

Mediterranean flavors

Healthy food that provides us the  Mediterranean ingredients is perfectly compatible with the pleasure of tasty dishes. When we speak about Mediterranean flavors that we refer to these foods based on an idealization of some dietary patterns of the Mediterranean countries, especially from countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea: Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Greece and Malta.

The Mediterranean flavors also include the typical recipes of these places, prepared with seasonal products, as well as the traditional ways of cooking and other cultural factors such as the habit of shared meals with family or friends, traditions and celebrations.

Among the recommended consumables are vegetables and legumes, fruits, fish, white meats, pasta, rice and dried fruits, in addition to the consumption of wine in moderation.

Among the many beneficial properties for the health of this dietary pattern we may highlight the type of fat that characterizes it, the proportions in the main nutrients that keep its recipes and wealth in micronutrients that contains, as a result of the use of seasonal vegetables, aromatic herbs and spices.

In 2013 the Mediterranean cuisine was named the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

In the Mediterranean countries Mediterranean Diet Pyramid has been updated to adapt it to the current lifestyle. It is recommended the different proportions of food groups, the composition of the main meals and in addition, there will also be a way to select, cook and eat such food.

At Fresco you can taste the best dishes of our place, prepared with seasonal mediterranean ingredients, with Fresco seal.