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HEALTH NEWS: Eat to your heart's content - Go Greek

If you want to *eat to your hearts content* this new  year - a new report says you might want to try *Going Greek*.

Greek Diet/Medical Edge
Ask Pete Georges about how he learned to eat the Greek diet --also known as the Mediterranean way -- and he says good old fashioned home cooking --
I am first generation,, mom and dad both from Greece

Now in this Greek diner --named after his mom - Sophia -- he says he tries to carry on *her healthy cooking traditions:

Everything was home-made, soups, stuffed peppers, the cabbage rolls, everything was home-made.

It turns out -no surprise a new study says  --mom was right.
Eating a plant based diet -- with meat more as a compliment to these fresh ingredients --may hold the secret to beating heart disease.

Not just in preventing an initial heart attack --but also in healing after a heart event.
To find this out researchers in the Journal of the American Medical Association -- studied more than 4,000 men and women. They found not only did the Mediterranean diet help prevent a heart attack, but if you already had one -- it could reduce the odds you'd have another. So here is what they found, these were the foods added-- about six of them,, and three or four were also reduced.

Topping the list -of those to add -- the one pete says his mom used in every recipe
Extra Virgin Greek olive oil

It's followed by more vegetables, fruits, nuts, beans, and whole grains.
Those to reduce - include red or processed meats such as beef and bacon.

Drinks with added sugar such as regular soda pop.
Foods high in trans fats --such as fried foods
And added salt.

Researchers say these changes can lower the risk of dying from heart disease --even if you've had a heart attack --by up to forty percent.

Pete says it's just proof --Sophia really did know best.
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