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Heart-Healthy Mediterranean Food

Following the kind of diet enjoyed in Mediterranean countries like Greece and Italy can lower your risk for coronary heart disease and stroke, say researchers. They studied more than 74,500 women between the ages of 38 and 63, none of whom had a history of cardiovascular disease or diabetes. After 20 years of follow-up, the researchers discovered that women who closely followed a Mediterranean-style diet—marked by plenty of olive oil, vegetables, whole grains, and fish—were at a lower risk than women who ate few Mediterranean-type foods. To lower your risk, try the recommendations below.

Olive oil Red meat
Vegetables Processed meat
Whole grains Refined grains
Legumes (peas, beans) Sweets

Source: Circulation, March 3, 2009


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