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Mediterranean Diet: Benefits, Food List And Meal Plans

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By Robert J. Matthews

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Vegetables and Fruit

A 2017 study in the journal Nutrients says that eating lots of vegetables can help keep you from getting heart disease. 

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That eating lots of fruits and veggies can help keep you from getting some types of cancer.

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Legumes and Whole Grains

All types of legumes, like lentils, help keep blood sugar levels in check and may even help fight cancer. 

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Whole grains, on the other hand, have a lot of fiber, vitamins, and phytochemicals, and they also lower the risk of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.

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Fish

Fish is more important than other meats in the Mediterranean diet. 

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Some fish, like salmon, that live in cold water have more healthy fats than fish that live in warmer water. 

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