Mediterranean diet lowers risk of heart diseases

March 4, 2013 / No Comments

A healthy diet is important for controlling heart diseases. On the forefront is the Mediterranean diet which was first introduced in the 1940s with studies revealing that it lowers the risk of heart attacks.

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The diet is based on the eating patterns of the people belonging to the Mediterranean basin -Spain, Southern Italy, and Greece. The diet includes nuts, Mediterranean fruits and vegetables, olive oil, fish and red wine. This diet limits the use of diary products and processed meat which are risk factors in heart diseases.

A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine has established that the Mediterranean diet rich in fruits and vegetables ensures better health and reduces heart disease, heart attacks and obesity. The study reveals that by switching to Mediterranean diet about 30 percent of heart attacks, strokes and deaths due to heart disease can be prevented.

People in Mediterranean countries apparently have lower risk of heart diseases due to this diet. It may be tough to change eating habits but the Mediterranean diet promises not only a heart-healthy diet but also does not compromise on taste.