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Flaws in a study of the Mediterranean diet led to a softening of its conclusions about health benefits. But don't switch to a diet of cotton candy just yet. Westend61/Getty Images hide caption

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The Mediterranean diet involves lots of whole grains, vegetables, beans, nuts, olive oil, fish and smaller amounts of dairy, poultry and even a little red wine (if you like). Maximilian Stock Ltd./Getty Images hide caption

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The group of women in a new study with the lowest rate of breast cancer consumed about four tablespoons of olive oil each day. Heather Rousseau/NPR hide caption

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Mediterranean Diet With Extra Olive Oil May Lower Breast Cancer Risk

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A whole range of foods in common in the Mediterranean diet — from fish to nuts to fruits and vegetables — are rich in antioxidants and may protect against cognitive decline. iStockphoto hide caption

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Brain Boost: Mediterranean Diet May Fend Off Memory Loss

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A study found that a Mediterranean diet with extra nuts and olive oil was associated with a lower risk of a cardiovascular condition called peripheral artery disease. Heather Rousseau/NPR hide caption

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A crostini of smoked trout, hard-boiled egg, aioli and roe at The Red Hen in Washington, D.C. Owner/Chef Michael Friedman says Mediterranean cooking is simply a tweaking of basic cooking ideas. Courtesy of Brian Oh hide caption

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For Mind And Body: Study Finds Mediterranean Diet Boosts Both

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People following a 5-2 diet would eat lean protein and non-starchy vegetables two days a week. Heather Rousseau/NPR hide caption

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Two-Day Diets: How Mini Fasts Can Help Maximize Weight Loss

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A typical Swedish meal of fried herring and lingonberries includes some of the local ingredients of the healthy Nordic diet prescribed in a new study. iStockPhoto.com hide caption

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