Mediterranean tips for a heart healthy diet

Explaining benefits of Mediterranean diet
Published: May. 19, 2016 at 3:22 AM CDT|Updated: May. 19, 2016 at 3:27 AM CDT
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The Mediterranean Diet isn't new, but it has become increasingly popular in the last few decades.

The diet describes the typical eating habits of people in Greece, Southern Italy and Spain where heart disease is typically low.

Brenda Duby, a Registered Dietician for United Supermarkets, explains this heart-healthy plan.

"The Mediterranean diet is a plant based diet." she say.  "So, every day, you really want to include lots of fruits and vegetables, nuts, legumes, whole grains and even olive oil.  Then, on a weekly basis,we might add tuna or cheese, yogurt, or eggs."  She adds the hard part, especially for folks in this area, is that the Mediterranean Diet only allows beef a few times a month. But, she says it's all about combining these three food categories: the daily, weekly and monthly foods.  And by the way, sweets fall into the monthly category.

The Mediterranean diet is recommended by the American Heart Association.

It also encourages exercise, wine with the meal, and social eating.

After all, there is evidence that proves a good social life is also good for the heart, which would indicate any meal is better if you share it with a friend.

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