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9 Mediterranean Diet Foods for Better Health

9 staple foods of the Mediterranean diet

9 staple foods of the Mediterranean diet.

Eating a Mediterranean diet may lower your risk of heart attack, stroke and death from heart disease by up to 30 percent, according to a new, highly publicized study out of Spain, published in April 2013 in The New England Journal of Medicine.

When older adult participants (aged 55 to 80 years) were divided into one of three groups (Mediterranean diet with extra-virgin olive oil, Mediterranean diet with nuts or a control diet), those who followed either of the Mediterranean diets reaped the heart-protective benefits.

You can start eating the Mediterranean diet today—and help your heart health—by adding these key foods (which were staples in the diet of the study participants following the Mediterranean diet) to your meals.

Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D., Nutrition Editor

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