Tomorrow, Friday 17th July 2015, heralds the start of the regular monthly market for Paleo enthusiasts at Hadar Yosef stadium in north Tel Aviv from 09.00 – 14.00 The Paleo diet, also know as the ‘caveman’ diet, is beginning to engage with more Israeli’s, believing that by eating more grass – fed meats, fish, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds and cutting out cereal grains, dairy, refined sugars and pulses they will benefit from a nutritious, iron rich diet without preservatives and additives and enjoy a healthier way of living. Different speciality stalls will be show casing their products each month, including a South African dried meat specialist, organic fruit and vegetables, Maple syrup, olive oil and gluten free pittas and beer. Half of the stands are offering Kosher products too. Israel Good Food Guide is always interested in hearing of innovative products, sellers or growers of food, new food ideas or restaurants that we can support in Israel, for the ultimate culinary experience.
The grapefruit contains large amounts of Vitamin C and fibre and has long been thought to have fat burning properties, which means since 1930’s it has been a ‘successful’ way to diet without going to the gym!! Israel is the largest exporter of grapefruits to the UK and at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Professor Yaakov Nahmias has been carrying out research into the chemical ‘naringenin’ thought to be responsible for burning fat. Naringenin is thought to kick-start the process of fat metabolising in our livers, but to have any effect on our waistlines, you would need to consume 40 grapefruits at any one time….
Himalayan Goji Berries have become global superfoods and one of the healthiest fruits in the world, due to their natural anti-inflammatory, anti- bacterial and anti-oxidant properties which help to boost the immune system and enhance strength and longevity. Goji has been imported from China in the form of powder and sold in Israel for many years, but its benefits are not as potent as the berries themselves. In a small field in Avigdor in southern Israel, Goji berries, also known as ‘Wolfberries’ are being grown, but at 200 NIS a kilo (£33 or $53), this reddish berry, that resembles a shrivelled cherry tomato may have topped the superfoods list, but has also shot to the fame as one of the most expensive superfoods on the market….