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

Tip 7: If you drink, moderate your consumption to no more than a glass or two with a meal.

Research indicates that people who drink moderately are less likely to have heart disease than those who abstain. Alcohol appears to raise “good” HDL cholesterol. Wine, in particular, “thins” the blood (making it less prone to clotting) and also contains antioxidants that prevent your arteries from taking up LDL cholesterol, a process that can lead to plaque buildup. Remember, “1 drink” equals 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine or 11/2 ounces of liquor.

Tip 8: Set aside enough time to savor every bite. »

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