How to Eat Mediterranean to Live to Be 100 Years Old

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What if changing your diet meant that you might be able to live to be 100? Too good to be true? Research says otherwise and to “pass the olive oil.”

The Mediterranean Diet: a Prescription for Good Health

What is the Mediterranean diet? It’s been touted for years by doctors, researchers, and registered dietitians as an easy and healthy way of eating to promote well-being.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines the Mediterranean diet as one that is “high in fruits and vegetables, cereals and bread, potatoes, poultry, beans, nuts, olive oil, and fish while low in red meat and dairy and moderate in alcohol consumption.”

This pattern of eating comes with many potential health benefits; it can prevent heart disease and stroke, and reduce risk factors including obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes.

The term “Mediterranean diet” was first coined by Ancel Keys, an American scientist …

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