WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET:


Can the Mediterranean diet cut your heart risk almost in half? Dr. Mark Stengler says it can.
He maintains that if you dig into this ancient diet you can slash your heart risk. He maintains that “All you have to do is rip off a hunk of freshly baked whole-grain bread, dip it into a plate of olive oil, and lift it to your mouth.” Then just eat, and repeat.

Whole grains and olive oil are at the heart of this ancient Mediterranean style diet, and new research now shows how this easy-to-follow lifestyle is as good for your heart health as does regular exercise.

The first-of-its-kind study used something called the Mediterranean Diet Score, a 55-point scale that measures how closely you follow this diet. But if you’re living off junk food you’re probably at a zero.

If your fridge is never out of feta and you purchase your olive oil in metal drums, then you may be close to that perfect 55.

Wherever you are on that scale, work your way up — because the study finds that each increase of a single point will cut your risk of heart disease by 3 percent. That adds up fast — so fast that if you stick closely to the diet, your heart disease risk will plummet by 47%, according to this study.

And this is just the beginning of the benefits. This ancient way of eating is clinically proven to keep your sugar under control prevent heart attack and stroke, so you avoid diabetes and it can also even help you to shed a few kilos without much effort.

But what really makes this diet so easy to follow is that all you have to do to get started is go through your pantry and toss all your processed foods into the rubbish bin.

Then there’s room for many of the things you love: fresh fish and poultry, small portions of lean meat, nuts, fruits, vegetables, whole grains and more.

This lifestyle even allows you to enjoy a glass of red wine with dinner and some dark chocolate for dessert. Enjoy!

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