There’s an old Arab saying: When you have your health ,you have the whole world. Luckily, the denizens of Araby are good at putting their Arab money where their mouths are when it comes to living the aphorisms a’plenty on good health - there are many things about the Middle Eastern lifestyle that are conducive to maintaining sound health and indeed longevity. Countries like Qatar, (obesity rates notwithstanding) the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Syria have among the highest life expectancies on the planet, we are told.
This is hardly surprising (if you forget the crazy road rage brought on by lawless driving that puts bloody pressure off the richter scale, the chain smoking norm and the heavy eating and force-feeding culture (have some more!); and even the erratic under-the-table or binge drinking in a society that at best frowns on over-consumption at worst blanket bans it). Yet, with a diet rich in fresh wares and healthy salads, a strong family support system and a stress free attitude that places an undue amount of faith in the powers of tomorrow, there’s lots about things about the Middle Eastern lifestyle and mindset that help keep the Grim Reaper at bay.
Even the fundamentals of majority Muslim Arab-world life promote health and wellbeing - waking up early is known to be a healthy lifestyle choice and you don’t have a choice with the pre-dawn call to prayer!
Here are nine recipes, or tried and tested tricks, evidently adopted by Arabs for a long life and better health - Middle Eastern style!