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Shereen Jegtvig, MS

How to Follow a Mediterranean Diet

By February 8, 2014

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A number of experts believe the Mediterranean diet is good for your heart. And since February is American Heart Month, I decided to offer up my tips on how to follow the diet.

The Mediterranean diet isn't a low-carb or low-fat diet -- it includes both good carbs from whole grains and healthy fats from olive oil, nuts and fish. A Mediterranean diet also provides omega-3 fatty acids while avoiding excess saturated fats.

How to Follow a Mediterranean Diet

Here are the main components:

  • olives and olive oil
  • whole grains, mostly in bread and cereal rather than pasta
  • very little red meat
  • fish and seafood
  • some cheese, but less (or low-fat) milk
  • lots of vegetables and fruit
  • legumes and nuts
  • a little red wine, if you'd like
If you want to know more, here are some tips for getting started: Similar Heart Healthy Diets
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