The smells of garlic, onions and olive oil filled a large conference room at Robinwood Medical Center Thursday as a sold-out audience of 200 watched a chef prepare a Mediterranean cod recipe.
Fortunately, there were enough servings for everyone waiting at a buffet at the back of the room as soon as the demonstration was over.
The presentation, titled "Wisdom from the Heart: Heart Healthy Eating," was part of a women's health forum presented by Washington County Hospital Cardiac Rehabilitation and Congestive Heart Failure programs and Women's Specialty Associates.
Researchers have found that people who follow a Mediterranean diet are less likely to die of heart disease, Tim Higgins, a dietitian at Robinwood Endocrinology, told the group. The diet, which includes fresh fruits and vegetables, fish, olive oil and wine, is high in good fats and antioxidants, Higgins said.