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 unprocessed produce

A cornerstone of the Mediterranean diet is an emphasis on fresh fruits and vegetables. Ikarians regularly dine on potatoes, greens, olives, and seasonal vegetables harvested from their own gardens, for example.

Vegetables are a big part of every meal, and they are prepared in a healthy way—served raw in a salad or roasted with olive oil, rather than fried, says Yasmin Mossavar-Rahmani, RD, associate professor of epidemiology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in New York City, and a panelist for U.S. News & World Report's Best Diets 2013 rankings. (The Mediterranean Diet took first place in the "plant-based diets" category.)

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