Today, people living by the Mediterranean Sea may eat fast food. But the traditional fare of southern Italy, Greece and the other Mediterranean countries is fabulously heart-healthy. Studies link it to some of the highest life expectancy and lowest heart disease rates in the world. Follow these tips to make your meals more Mediterranean. 1. … Read More
When it comes to improving cardiovascular health, our hearts are in the right place. More than half of Americans have tried a diet in the past year to potentially improve the overall health of their heart, according to a new survey conducted by Cleveland Clinic. Yet only 5 percent have adopted the Mediterranean diet – … Read More
A healthy diet can be good for your heart as well as your waistline. “You can definitely reduce your risk of developing cardiovascular disease by eating certain foods every day,” says Julie Zumpano, RD, LD, a dietitian in the Preventive Cardiology and Nutrition Program at Cleveland Clinic. “There is a great variety of fruits and vegetables that … Read More
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Imagine a holiday table piled high with beautiful plates of brightly colored vegetables, fish, salads, grains, and fresh fruit. You may not be in the Mediterranean, but there’s no reason you can’t bring the Mediterranean diet to your holiday table. Here are a few healthy, delicious recipes to consider: Grilled Salmon & Zucchini with Red … Read More
If you’re looking for a heart-healthy weight-loss diet to try, it appears that low-carbohydrate might be more effective than low-fat. A recent study found that a low-carb diet is better for losing weight and reducing cardiovascular disease risk than a low-fat one. Researchers at Tulane University randomly assigned 148 men and women to follow either … Read More
Juicy, umami-rich tomatoes taste great fresh off the vine or slow-simmered in a savory sauce. Any way you enjoy them, tomatoes are healthy, low-sodium sources of vital vitamins and nutrients. They also may have a special ingredient that is good for your heart: lycopene. Recent studies show that lycopene (a powerful antioxidant) may help repair … Read More
There’s a good reason you may be confused whenever you open your refrigerator. From gluten-free, to low-carb, to high-protein, there’s a dizzying array of popular diets. They’ll all supposedly help you lose weight or improve your health. And they all have dedicated followers who tout their benefits. The Mediterranean diet is easy to understand and … Read More
A new analysis says there’s no clear evidence that cutting down on saturated fats reduces your risk of heart disease. But don’t get caught up in the media hype surrounding that announcement, experts say. Instead, keep on a healthy course by following your doctor’s advice to stop smoking, stay physically active and eat a diet … Read More
Paella or souvlaki – the choice is yours. Pick any traditional dish from the countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea and you’re sure to be on your way to a healthier you. Loaded with fruits, vegetables, whole-grains, fish, lean meats and olive oil, the Mediterranean Diet is the diet research shows is best for your heart.