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Mediterranean Diet Could Improve Heart, Brain Health


75-year-old Kaye Smith and her husband are on a mission to eat healthier after suffering from heart problems."I had the defib and the pacemaker put in," Smith said. "I don't like fish, but I will eat some."The Alexandria couple is trying the Mediterranean diet, which the Avera Heart Hospital recommends."The Mediterranean diet is something that is designed from the people who live in the Mediterranean. Because they're at very low heart disease risk, that was why it was looked at," Avera Heart Hospital Registered Dietitian Mary Aukes said.The diet includes plenty of fruits and vegetables, along with lean protein and healthy fats."We're looking into those good fats. Those are those monounsaturated fats," Aukes saidAlong with nuts and fish, here are some other examples of healthy fats: sunflower seeds and extra virgin olive oil.

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