.. the best bealth and longevity lived in 11 villages in the island of Crete, which is the birthplace of the heart-protective Mediterranean diet.
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But which foods make this diet so beneficial? Extra virgin olive oil contains powerful antioxidants that combat free radical damage, while Omega-3 rich seafood has an anti-clotting effect. Most people don’t realize that blood clots (not just blockages in the arteries) are the cause of heart attacks.
Cretans also eat high-fiber stone-ground bread, often dipped in wine or olive oil and vinegar, wild greens packed with micronutrients, legumes, and for dessert, yogurt drizzled with honey. Experts believe that it’s the combination of all of these healthy foods, and very limited amounts of red meat, that explain why the Mediterranean diet is so good for the heart.
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