Best Mediterranean Diet Foods for Heart Health

Like other cabbage family members, it's a nutrition powerhouse with vitamin C, potassium, calcium, fiber, carotenoids, and cancer-fighting indoles and isothiocyanates.

Broccoli Rabe

With grains and starches, chickpeas contain high-quality protein, folate, calcium, iron, and zinc. 

Chickpeas

One-Skillet Salmon with Fennel and Sun-Dried Tomato Couscous Pictured Recipe: One-Skillet Salmon with Fennel and Sun-Dried Tomato Couscous

Couscous

Eggplant brings meaty comfort to a cuisine where meat was scarce due to its toothsome texture and neutral flavor that blends well with sauces. 

Eggplant

Nut trees are almost as abundant as olive trees in Italy. As appetizers, in sauces, and on salads, nuts are enjoyed.

Hazelnuts

Olive oil, prized since antiquity (initial Olympic champions received jars), is essential in Mediterranean cookery, especially for vegetables. 

 Olive Oil

Peppers color Mediterranean recipes whether fresh, roasted, or dried and crushed into rich sauces and pastes. 

Peppers

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