Diet Wise, Only One Way To Go

If you're getting ready to plan a week's worth of dinners and write up a grocery list, a study just published in the Archives of Internal Medicine should be of interest. An analysis of 43 randomized controlled trails conducted between 1950 and 2007 concluded that the Mediterranean diet was the only eating pattern associated with supporting heart health.

The Bigger Picture: You don't have to eat Greek food every night to appreciate the advantages this style of cooking may offer. The primary nutritional components of the Mediterranean diet are beta-carotene, vitamin C, essential minerals, tocopherols and polyphenols. Plan your meals around vegetables, nuts and foods containing monounsaturated fatty acids while avoiding saturated and trans fats as well as high GI carbohydrates, and you're well on the way to sound nutrition. Regular trips to the gym won't hurt your efforts either.

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