Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and matters of the heart will be front and center. What better time to think about your heart health?

Heart-healthy recipes of the Mediterranean variety – including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, olive oil and nuts – may reduce inflammation in the body. The American Institute of Cancer Research (AICR) states that Mediterranean diets – in addition to potentially reducing inflammation – may also reduce cancer risk.

“Heart disease and cancer share a common risk factor: chronic inflammation,” the AICR website states. “A plant-based diet with plenty of vegetables, fruits and beans seems to decrease inflammation. Studies link a more Mediterranean-style diet with lower levels of the blood proteins that are signs of inflammation.”

It’s advised to check with a medical professional if you have any questions about certain diets or food choices.

Couscous salad with chickpeas

Roasted vegetable lasagna

Chicken with mushroom sauce, sautéed greens and pecans

Whole wheat spaghetti with turkey meatballs

Chicken or salmon kebabs with creamy tzatziki sauce

Black bean salad (or salsa)

Pomegranate-grapefruit avocado toast

‘Faux’-Lafel with cucumber dill sauce

Are you a pancreatic cancer patient or caregiver? You can access comprehensive disease information, including diet and nutrition tips, recipes and a booklet on the subject – all reviewed and approved by renowned leaders in the field, by contacting the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s one-on-one Patient Central support service by phone or email.

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