The Scoop on the Mediterranean Diet

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  • What Is the Mediterranean Diet?
  • Why Is It Healthy?
  • Heart Healthy Benefits
  • Other Health Benefits
  • African-Americans and the Mediterranean Diet
  • Recipes for Health
  • May Is National Mediterranean Diet Month

Heart Healthy Benefits

One of the major benefits of the Mediterranean diet is that is can help your ticker. A past study found that following this diet for five years lowered heart disease risk by 30 percent in people who were at risk for the chronic illness. It’s also been shown to reduce blood pressure and “bad” LDL cholesterol.


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