9 must-eats from the World’s Healthiest Diet

Photo by: Ken Burris
1. Eggplant-

While eggplant is good for you-it contains some fiber and potassium, and chlorogenic acid, a compound concentrated in eggplant skin, may have antiviral and

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Photo by: Ken Burris
1. Eggplant-

While eggplant is good for you-it contains some fiber and potassium, and chlorogenic acid, a compound concentrated in eggplant skin, may have antiviral and cancer-fighting properties-our favorite qualities of this purple beauty are culinary. Eggplant's toothsome texture and neutral flavor takes up sauces beautifully and gives meaty satisfaction to many meals (in Mediterranean cuisine meat traditionally makes rare appearances).


By Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D.

Brierley's interest in nutrition and food come together in her position as an associate editor at EatingWell. Brierley holds a master's degree in Nutrition Communication from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. A Registered Dietitian, she completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Vermont.

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If you're trying to eat foods that are better for your heart and your overall health, start with these nine healthy ingredients-the staples of Mediterranean cooking. Study after study continues to support the Mediterranean way of eating (abundant in fruit, vegetables and olive oil, sparing with red meat and a bit of red wine each day) as one of the healthiest in the world. I try to eat them regularly, and when I have all nine in my kitchen, it's easy to make a quick, healthy meal!