A trip to Cuba revealed how fresh and nutritious was the food being served in paladares, or family-owned restaurants, on the island. Mangoes, papayas, fresh fish, rice and beans and lots of seasonings to offset the shortage of oil made for delicious, healthy meals.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention says that more than 40 percent of our daily sodium intake comes from only 10 types of food. By cutting back on your salt, you lower your risk for high blood pressure.
In a study of 15 overweight or obese men between the ages of 20-65, those who drank a shake with 3 ounces of peanut powder after a meal reduced the postprandial (after-a-meal) triglycerides than those who hadn’t. Similar findings have been reported for eating walnuts or pecans after a meal.
Researchers working on a large study of the Mediterranean diet randomly selected about 300 subjects who were at high risk of cardiovascular disease. Everyone was on a nutrient-rich Mediterranean style diet but one-third of them added four tablespoons a day of virgin olive oil, one-third added a handful of nuts and the last third followed just the prescribed diet.