Eating more yogurt is linked with a reduced risk of heart attack. Dr. Martin says it’s also about how yogurt can work together with other parts of your meal. Really high in protein, Greek yogurt balances out the carbs you’re eating, and it’s highly amenable to being combined with other tasty, yet healthy, foods. “Oftentimes, people will eat the yogurt with fruit,” he observes. “So they’re mixing and matching different components of this diet.” Sprinkle on some nuts, and you’re getting all the good stuff in one go! Just make sure you’re not buying the processed kind with loads of added sugar, which nullifies any advantage you get from choosing yogurt in the first place.
Drink lots of wine! As much as you want! Kidding, obviously. “I do have to say it’s a little controversial for a physician to recommend alcohol,” Dr. Martin admits. But he feels that if there’s no history of alcohol abuse, wine is more than fine.
Experts tend to say that the antioxidant resveratrol is the driver of wine’s cardiovascular benefits, but Dr. Martin has another theory to explain wine’s reputation as a health-promoting adult beverage. “Wine is classically enjoyed with family and friends, and that whole social aspect of things is probably part of why folks in the Mediterranean countries have lower incidence of heart disease,” he says. “It is about the foods they’re eating, but it’s also the way in which they eat: in the company of friends and family, laughter, good cheer, and wine.”