Diet

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One of the reasons that the Mediterranean choice of cuisine is so loved by experts is that it is not restrictive. The focus is eating lots of vegetables, fruit, nuts and whole grains. It allows for moderate amounts of fish and poultry, and for the wine drinkers, it allows for a little bit of wine with meals. It discourages red or process meats, most dairy products, snacks and sweets—all linked to death and disease when consumed frequently. Did you notice the lack of supplement’s, lemon-water binges, or any of the other...

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Nutty for Nuts

Did you know that nuts of all type may help you live longer? Yes, some have more fat than others but they are all full of protein, vitamins, and good fats. In a study of 76,000 women, those who regularly ate nuts of any kind had a 20% lower death rate after four years than women who didn’t have nuts as part of their daily cuisine. Eating walnuts has been linked to lower cholesterol and blood pressure. It may even calm the body’s stress responses. Besse Copper, at age 116 when...

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Olive Oil

One question I am frequently asked is the nutritional value of olive oil and its use in the Mediterranean diet. The good news is that research from Greece’s Hellenic Health Foundation has shown that regular olive oil consumption extends life. The oil’s antioxidant and monounsaturated fat content may be a contributing factor. It may also be that olive oil improves the flavor of vegetables and other healthy foods increasing people to choose healthy options. The bad news is that you can still overindulge on a good thing. For instance, substituting...

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