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Today, Roseto is an unremarkable small town in eastern Pennsylvania, but in the 1960s it had a reputation as being the healthiest place in America. People lived longer in Roseto. The little Italian- American settlement had a rate of heart disease half the national average. For men aged 55-64 the rate was near zero. Unlike, say, Seventh Day Adventists, the good health of Rosetans could not be attributed to lifestyle. Rosetans drank and smoked as freely as other Americans of that time. The men had dirty and dangerous jobs in the local slate mines. Was it their imported Mediterranean diet that ...
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