It is known that eating a Mediterranean diet similar to Italians or Greeks is beneficial for the heart.Now, the February issue of Mayo Clinic Women`s HealthSource has covered key components of this diet as well as reasons why this approach is known as a heart-healthy eating plan.
5. Drink wine, in moderation. Some research has shown that a light intake of alcohol is associated with a reduced risk of heart disease. In the Mediterranean, the alcoholic beverage consumed most is wine, which may offer slightly greater heart health benefits than other forms of alcohol. For women (and men over age 65), the recommendation is no more than one glass, or 5 ounces, of wine daily. For men under age 65, it`s no more than two glasses, or 10 ounces, daily.6. Other aspects of the Mediterranean diet include dining on fish or shellfish as least twice a week; lesser amounts of dairy products, such as cheese and yogurt; incorporating small portions of nuts and seeds daily; eating sweets only on occasion; using herbs and spices instead of salt to flavour food; getting plenty of physical activity; and eating meals with family and friends.ANI
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