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The Mediterranean diet has long been thought to have heart healthy benefits. A recent study reconfirmed this theory, showing a 30 percent reduction in heart disease for people who consume a Mediterranean diet.
You don’t have to live in the Mediterranean to adopt this healthy way of eating. Here are the down and dirty basics of the Mediterranean lifestyle so you too can reap the benefits.
The Mediterranean diet encourages fat from healthy sources like fish, olive oil, and nuts, but it is still possible to overindulge. Be sure to avoid the common pitfalls of the American diet, including excess fat, salt, meat, sweets, and large portion sizes.
If you do all of these things, you too will be following a heart healthy diet.
Amy Bowen is a registered dietitian at WakeMed Cary Hospital and is a frequent contributor to this blog. If you have a question you would like to have Amy answer, feel free to email
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