The Brooklyn Dodgers got their name in 1911 because in those days, Brooklynites had to dodge life-threatening street cars to get across town in one piece. Today, if you want to dodge the risk of stroke, cardiovascular problems, and a host of other life-threatening ailments, we suggest you dodge the fast-food chains that threaten to lay you low more effectively than the cross-town trolleys once did. We say, "Cross over to the low-red-meat, plant-based, healthy-fat Mediterranean diet!"
We've been big fans of this way of eating for years (it protects your vital organs, your skin and your love life). And the latest news about its powers just makes us even more enthusiastic. Seems the Mediterranean diet actually can turn off a risky gene variant (in gene TCF7L2) that runs in families and increases the risk of disabling strokes or heart attacks. So if heart disease runs in your family, or if insulin resistance, high blood pressure, high lousy LDL cholesterol and/or excess body fat in the midsection shows up in you, your folks and kids -well, this diet is gonna turn your life around.
Let meat become a side dish. Use extra-virgin olive oil on veggies and salads; don't use it in high-heat cooking, opt for peanut or canola oil. Enjoy a glass of wine (one for women, two for men) a day if your doc says OK. Want a tasty, day-by-day Mediterranean meal plan and recipes? Check out sharecare.com and "YOU: On a Diet" Revised Edition.
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