World Heart day 2014 – Mediterranean Diet a Key Factor in Heart Health

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terrace world heart dayThis Monday is World Heart Day, a global initiative by the World Heart Federation to promote heart health and prevent early deaths due to complications from heart disease.

This is good news for Terrace and our customers, as studies have consistently linked a traditional Mediterranean diet to improved cardiovascular health and a lower risk of heart disease ever occurring. According to a new study led by researchers from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) and published in February of this year, the staples of a Mediterranean diet like beans, fish, nuts, vegetables, and healthy fats such as olive oil lowers the risk of cardiovascular problems even in populations newly adopting the diet.

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The Mediterranean diet incorporates the basics of healthy eating — plus a splash of flavorful olive oil and perhaps even a glass of red wine — among other components characterizing the traditional cooking style of countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea. “Our study adds more evidence showing the health benefits of a Mediterranean diet, even after adjusting for exercise and body weight,” said Stefanos Kales, associate professor in the Department of Environmental Health at HSPH and chief of occupational and environmental medicine at CHA.

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Celebrate World Heart Day and have a great time while tending to your own heart health with a healthy, balanced meal from Terrace Restaurant and Lounge’s extensive selection of authentic Lebanese and Mediterranean cuisine. Dishes like our secret recipe house-made hummus, fresh vegetable mezza platter, stuffed grape leaves, and Sultan Ibrahim (a dish made with fresh Mediterranean red mullet fish) are all excellent choices for observing the Mediterranean way of healthy eating.

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The World Heart Federation has designated September 24 as 2014’s World Heart Day, a global event and campaign to raise awareness, promote education, and create resources for treatment and prevention of cardiovascular disease. Heart disease is the world’s leading cause of death, and the WHF is committed to prevention and new developments in treatment. This World Heart Day’s focus is on creating heart-healthy environments. By ensuring that people are able to make heart-healthy choices wherever they live, work and play, World Heart Day 2014 encourages us all to reduce our cardiovascular risk, and promotes a heart-healthy planet for those around us.

Won’t you join us at Terrace this Thursday for a delicious, nutritious meal on our comfortable garden patio? Contact us today to make a reservation!