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Benefits of the Mediterranean Diet

Have you ever heard of Blue Zones? In the 1950s, the scientific community realized that the Mediterranean did not experience heart disease like Americans do. Heart disease was not nearly as common. Many studies have been done since and the contributing factor seems to be that the fat in the Mediterranean diet is almost entirely extra virgin olive oil.

Interested in trying to eat more Mediterranean inspired meals? Build each meal around veggies, beans, and whole grains. Eating fresh veggies and homemade bread can make a big difference. The other two big components to the diet include substituting butter for extra virgin olive oil and eating fish about 2 times a week.

Bonus: Nervous about where to start? Start with salad dressings and marinades. Instead of that ranch dressing, make a delightful 2 minute salad dressing using Olivezia's oils and vinegars. Add a pinch of Pink Himalayan salt and toss that salad. Marinate your fish (or other meats) in equal parts EVOO and balsamic vinegar. Add spices and don't forget to get creative! Don't be afraid to try new flavor combinations.

Source: MayoClinic


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