A heart-healthy eating plan, called the Mediterranean diet might be the right diet for you. This diet is based on the traditional foods eaten by people living in the Mediterranean region especially in Greece. The Mediterranean diet is a delicious and healthy way to eat. It incorporates the basics of healthy eating and is low in saturated fat, very high in fiber and antioxidants from vegetables, legumes and nuts. Very little red meat is eaten in this diet and milk consumption is limited as well, except for some cheese and yogurt. Research has shown that the traditional Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of heart disease and may be associated with a reduced risk of overall and cardiovascular mortality, a reduced incidence of cancer and cancer mortality, and a reduced incidence of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.
Folic acid is a B vitamin. It helps the body make healthy new cells, meaning it is important for cell growth and metabolism. “Folic acid” and “folate” mean the same thing. They have the same effects. Folic acid is a man-made form of folate and is in supplements and added to foods. Folate is found naturally in certain foods. Studies show that many people in the U.S. don’t get enough folic acid in their diets.