Information provided by Jennifer Johnson McEwen
A tasting event on the benefits of a heart healthy Mediterranean diet will be held Friday at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia.
The event by Saint Joseph's Hospital and Saint Joseph's Heart Center for Women will include tasting of wines, specialty olive oils and dark chocolates along with informal consultations with physicians, nutritionists and exercise specialists from Emory Healthcare and Saint Joseph’s Hospital.
A typical Mediterranean diet includes a large amount of fruit, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts, olive oil and fish. It calls for low or moderate consumption of red meat, poultry and dairy products such as cheese and yogurt.
During Friday’s event, Nutrition expert Laurence Sperling, M.D., will discuss benefits of the Mediterranean diet. Sperling, professor of medicine at Emory University School of Medicine, served on the U.S. News & World Report’s panel of experts evaluating the country's most popular diets for the publication’s annual “Best Diets” ranking since its inception in 2011.
"We know from recent research that the Mediterranean diet has been associated with a decreased risk for heart disease and has also been shown to reduce blood pressure and 'bad' LDL cholesterol," said Sperling, in an announcement.
The event is held from 7-10 p.m., at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia Hotel, 4355 Ashford Dunwoody Road. Tickets are $20 per person or $30 per couple. Register online at www.regonline.com/rewardyourheart. A limited number of on-site registrations paid by check or cash will be accepted at the door. For more information 678-843-5105 or visit www.stjosephsatlanta.org/womensheart.