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3 Mediterranean Diet Myths, Busted

The Mediterranean diet is recognized for its health benefits—including reducing risks of heart disease and cancer and extending a healthy life—but it’s widely misunderstood, says Steven Gundry, MD, cardiologist and author of The Plant Paradox. After analyzing the science and spending time in Mediterranean villages to see how people really eat, he’s identified some major misconceptions on our part.

Myth #1: Pasta is a key food

Time and again, Gundry has been told by locals: “The purpose of food is to get olive oil into your mouth.” Small amounts of bread are soaked in the oil (extra virgin, of course), or liberal amounts are poured onto small servings

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