Mediterranean Food and Your Heart

Mediterranean Food and Your Heart

What comes to mind when you see these dishes? Tasty? Delicious? Mouth-watering? Did you know they are also good for your heart? These dishes have lots of vegetables, fish, legumes, olive oil, and cheeses; all of these are a big part of the Mediterranean diet. A recent medical study in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that sticking to a Mediterranean diet can lower the risk of major heart problems by 30%!

What IS the Mediterranean diet you ask? It is a diet high in olive oil, fruit, nuts, vegetables, and cereals. You can also eat fish and white meat (like chicken), but you should stay away from red meat (like beef) and sweets. You can also have wine with meals.

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Now you’re thinking, how exactly is this “diet” good for me? People following the Mediterranean diet had a 30% lower chance of having a heart attack, a stroke, or dying from a heart-related cause.

Who can benefit most from this type of diet? Everyone can benefit, but especially people who smoke, are overweight, have type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or have family members with heart problems.

Now it’s time for your opinions! Are you going to try the Mediterranean diet? Have you ever cooked Mediterranean food? And stay tuned for more information on the types of foods you can eat on this diet.

Source:
Estruch R, Ros E, Salas-Salvadó J, Covas MI, D Pharm, Corella D, et al. “Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular
Disease with a Mediterranean Diet.” N Engl J Med. 2013 Feb 25.

Want to read the scientific article I wrote about? Access it for free on the New England Journal of Medicine website:
http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1200303