Those foods have been shown to be top of the list for a healthy heart. What do they contain and how can we eat Med-style in the UK?
Those heart-friendly foods contain nutrients which have been shown to have good effects on the heart and circulation. Omega-3 in fish has an anti-clotting effect, and contains triglycerides which displace ‘bad’ cholesterol in the blood. Vegetables and nuts are full of anti-oxidants, which when sourced from food are linked to a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.
A recent study of 1200 people over seven years has shown that for this group, eating heart-friendly foods can be more effective than taking statins. (And no doubt tastier!)
Fat is not all bad! Monounsaturated fat has been shown to reduce cholesterol. Less cholesterol means less clogging of arteries and a lower risk of heart disease.
What is an everyday good source of monounsaturated fat? Olive oil – an essential and plentiful ingredient in Mediterranean cuisine. Fry with it, bake with it or drizzle it on salads. Throw on some olives too.
It is all very well spending hours cooking and eating when you are on holiday, but that doesn’t mesh with a busy working life. So recipes need to be either quick -cook (for weekdays) or batch-cook (for weekends). Here are just three ideas.
Just three tasty reasons to take Med-style eating to heart – whatever the weather!
Avocado pesto? I have never heard of that before. How would it keep? I am thinking you would have to eat it straight away or it might start to go brown.
I had missed the recipe for tuna meatballs before. What a great easy recipe - nice not to shy away from tins too.