22 Ways to Eat Like A Greek Islander

Greeks consume The Mediterranean Diet in its purest form—and enjoy lower heart disease, obesity, cancer, and Alzheimer's rates. Here's how they do it.

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Eat more olives

Greek cooking wouldn't be Greek cooking without olives: These tiny fruits add an explosion of flavor to any dish, or can be enjoyed as a snack all by themselves.

In addition to their heart-healthy fat, olives (and olive oil, the main cooking oil in Mediterranean countries) are a good source of iron and vitamin E. Plus, an Italian study found that women whose diets included a lot of olive oil had a 30% lower risk of ovarian cancer.

Try this recipe: Braised Chicken Thighs with Artichokes and Greek Olives

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