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8 Ways to Follow the Mediterranean Diet for Better Health (Page 2)

Tip 1: Replace butter and margarine with healthy oils as often as possible.

Use olive oil—a good source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats—as your primary fat for cooking and baking. A high-quality extra-virgin olive oil seasoned with balsamic vinegar is delicious for dipping bread and is a healthier alternative to butter (which is rich in the saturated fats associated with increased risk of heart disease). Other plant-based oils, such as canola or walnut oil, are also rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated and beneficial omega-3 fatty acids.

Tip 2: Switch up your proteins. »


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