Mediterranean Diet Helps Heart Health, Study Says

According to an article in US News…

For Heart Health, Cut the Red Meat and Bring on the Olive Oil, Fruits, and Nuts

Those looking to cut their risk of heart disease (and who isn’t?) may want to follow a Mediterranean diet, according to a major study published Monday in the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers worked with about 7,500 participants in Spain, all of whom were either overweight, smokers, had diabetes, or had other heart disease risk factors, reports The New York Times. These people were randomly assigned to one of three groups: Two followed variations of the Mediterranean diet, and one group followed (and struggled with) a low-fat diet. Over the next five years, participants following a Mediterranean diet were about 30 percent less likely to suffer from heart attacks, strokes, and deaths from cardiovascular disease, reports The New York Times. “Now along comes this group and does a gigantic study in Spain that says you can eat a nicely balanced diet with fruits and vegetables and olive oil and lower heart disease by 30 percent,” Steven Nissen, chairman of the department of cardiovascular medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, told The New York Times. “And you can actually enjoy life.”

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