The heart-healthy credentials of the Mediterranean pattern of eating received yet another scientific accolade. In a study that carefully monitored the diet and health profiles of 2,500 Greek adults ages 18 to 89, those who most closely followed this delectable way of eating slashed their risk of having a heart attack by 47 percent. For this evaluation, the cardiovascular protection provided by the Mediterranean diet even exceeded that of physical activity!
This study underscores a fact that is a central theme in my mission. Namely, that eating for pleasure and eating for optimal health can absolutely go hand-in-hand. The hallmark foods of the Mediterranean Diet are fruits, veggies, beans, whole grains, nuts, fish, olive oil, and even a bit of red wine. Red meat, sugar, and refined white carbohydrates, on the other hand, are notably low. (American College of Cardiology’s 64th Annual Scientific Session in San Diego, March 2015)
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