Though intimidating to some, these stinky-good fish are packed with omega-3 fats, vitamin D, and calcium. A January 2017 meta-analysis in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings indicated that eating a diet high in omega-3s may be associated with reduced coronary heart disease risk. Eat these as you would tuna fish. I love them mixed with ¼ avocado, ½ diced apple, 1 stalk of celery, and a few cranks of black pepper.
A research study published in Heart in July 2016 concluded, “chocolate consumption is associated with lower myocardial infarction and heart disease.” A King Size candy bar is certainly not the same as a little square of dark chocolate at night. Quality and quantity matter. Go with dark chocolate that’s at least 75 per cent cacao.
A cornerstone of the Mediterranean Diet, olive oil is well known for its health benefits. A study in the July 2014 issue of Circulation found extra virgin olive oil as part of the Mediterranean Diet may reduce the risk of atrial fibrillation. Replace less healthy oils with olive oil. Don’t deep fry your foods with it or use it to shave a la Kramer in the infamous “Butter Shave” episode of Seinfeld.