Want a healthy heart? Try the Mediterranean Diet

Want a healthy heart? Try the Mediterranean Diet

February was proclaimed American Heart Month in 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

This year marks the 57th consecutive year that American presidents have honored that tradition.

Today millions of people are living longer and healthier lives. Yet still, heart disease remains the single largest threat to the health of Americans.

Despite many exciting advances in medicine, unhealthy lifestyle choices, along with rising obesity rates in adults and children, have contributed to this ongoing problem.

Heart disease is, in most cases, preventable, by not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, eating a diet low in saturated fats and getting at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity exercise.

There is more than one way to achieve a heart-healthy diet. But the oft-recommended Mediterranean Diet is among the best.

Susie Bond

The Mediterranean Diet is a way of eating that includes an abundance of fresh vegetables, fresh fruits, legumes and grains.

It includes moderate amounts of fish, small portions of sweets, regular consumption of dairy products, and olive oil as the main source of fat.

Red wine is also a hallmark of this traditional way of eating.

The Mediterranean Diet refers to the traditional cuisines of southern Europe, including Greece, Italy, Spain and Morocco.