Mediterranean diet helps prevent heart disease: study

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Fruit, fish, chicken, beans, tomato sauce, salads and a little wine. Oh yes, and be generous with the olive oil.

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Monday that eating a Mediterranean diet can cut the chance of suffering heart-related problems, especially strokes, in older people at high risk of them.

Conducted in Spain, the study looked at 7,500 people over 5 years.  Those who ate Mediterranean-style with lots of olive oil or nuts had a 30 per cent lower risk of major cardiovascular problems compared to others who were told to follow a low-fat diet.

The new research confirms what experts have been saying for years: Mediterranean diets are a heart-healthy way to eat, and a healthy diet can have a truly positive effect on health.

One conclusion Dr. Ramon Estruch of Hospital Clinic in Barcelona comes to from the study is “we think diet is better than a drug” because it has few if any side effects. Diet works.”

Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease with a Mediterranean Diet was published online Monday by the New England Journal of Medicine.

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