Another reason to dine Mediterranean-style: It may counteract harmful effects of air pollution.
Researchers at New York University School of Medicine analyzed two decades of data from 500,000 people and found those whose diets are heavy on produce, fish, and olive oil, while low in sugar and saturated fat, register the least amount of long-term heart damage due to dirty air.
Pollution causes oxidative stress and inflammation, while antioxidants in fruits, vegetables, nuts, and fish help nullify it. And people who ate the most fruits and vegetables showed an even lower mortality risk.
So however big your Greek salad is, double it.