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Reliance on primarily plant-based foods like whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and legumes.

These foods contain a plethora of antioxidants and fiber, which helps lower cholesterol and helps you maintain a healthy weight — all heart disease protectants. Some of the Mediterranean diet super foods in this category include

Grains, like barley and quinoa

Fruits, like figs and pomegranate

Veggies, like eggplant and artichoke

Nuts, like pine nuts, walnuts, and pistachios

Beans, like garbanzo and cannellini

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