What would you say if I told you a healthy diet can involve fat, nuts and wine?
Well, I’m telling you.
A new study says a Mediterranean diet can lower risk of heart attack, stroke, and chances of dying from them – by 30 per cent!
This 5-year study tracked nearly 7500 men and women, 55 to 80. At the start, none had heart disease. But all had heart disease risk factors: Half had diabetes. Most were overweight, with high blood pressure and bad cholesterol levels.
There were no calorie restrictions, and no exercise requirements.
But the patients were told what kinds of food to eat. This Mediterranean diet involved
At least 3 daily servings of fruits and 2 of vegetables … along with fish and legumes – peas, lentils, beans – at least 3 times a week … with ether an extra daily ounce of mixed nuts, or 4 extra tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil.
A glass of wine with meals was permitted, but not required.
The study was stopped early because the results -– that 30% drop in heart attack and stroke – were so impressive.
Although this study is not the final word on diets – including those that are low fat – it does support the Mediterranean diet as a delicious way to help your heart.
With Your Health Matters, I’m Dr. Sandra Fryhofer.