Speaking of the Mediterranean, if many of these foods seem like they belong together, it’s because they’re largely part of the Mediterranean diet. People living on the Mediterranean have really low rates of cardiovascular disease, and scientists (observant people that they are) have noticed.
When they investigated what the Greeks and their neighbors were eating, it turned out that there wasn’t one magic food, but an approach to eating that included a variety of heart-healthy dishes. “When we look at a specific food we shouldn’t be asking is this bad or good, but rather, is it something I should have as the base of my diet on a daily basis -- or is it OK to have it every now and then?” emphasizes Dr. Martin.
“Ultimately, the most important thing is to learn the components that make up a heart-healthy diet, and find ways to balance these out and combine them in a pattern that works for you,” Dr. Martin advises. “Be creative, mix, and match.” Guess that means dinner will be wine and yogurt.