Eat Like a Greek to Prevent Disease
Want to live longer, slim down, and lower your risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and dementia? Adopting a Mediterranean diet that emphasizes whole grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables, lean sources of protein, and unsaturated fats (e.g., olive oil) can help get you there. Even though it's promoted as a diet to prevent heart disease, the Mediterranean menu can help keep your whole body in tip-top shape. "When you eat a diet that's good for the heart, you're doing your brain, liver, immune system, and every other system the same favor," explains David Katz, MD, director of the Prevention Research Center at Yale University School of Medicine. Read on to learn a few ways the foods in the Mediterranean diet can help your whole system stay healthy.