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Mediterranean Diet: Looking for a heart-healthy diet? Then the Mediterranean diet might be the answer. This diet incorporates healthy eating, along with other components that characterize the traditional cooking style of countries along the Mediterranean Sea. As with most healthy diets, this one includes fruits, vegetables, fish and whole grains while greatly limiting the intake of unhealthy fats. There can be subtle variations in proportions of certain foods that may make a difference in the risk of heart disease. The foods to eat in a Mediterranean diet include vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes, potatoes, whole grains, bread, herbs, spices, fish, seafood and extra virgin olive oil. While other foods that need to be eaten in moderation are poultry, eggs, cheese, and yogurt while red meat is on rare occasions. The foods that a person should stay away from are sugar-sweetened beverages, added sugars, processed meat, refined grains, refined oils, and processed foods to avoid inflammation. By reading the ingredient lists is the best way to make sure that anyone is keeping an eye on avoiding the bad foods. This diet has been shown through research in more than 1.5 million adults by demonstrating that this diet was associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular mortality and overall mortality. The Mediterranean diet is also associated with reducing the development of cancer, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s. Women who followed this diet can supplement with extra-virgin olive oil and mixed nuts to reduced the risk of breast cancer.

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