Mediterranean Diets Show Results
If heart disease runs in the family, consider switching to a Mediterranean diet high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, olive oil, nuts, beans, and fish. Researchers assigned 7,447 people at high risk for cardiovascular disease to follow a Mediterranean diet with extra olive oil, a Mediterranean diet with added nuts, or a low-fat diet without nuts, oils, or fatty fish. Each group received nutrition counseling, though the two Mediterranean diet groups got more frequent training for the first three years of the trial. After an average of nearly five years, the researchers learned that people who followed either Mediterranean diet, but not the low-fat diet, reduced their risk for heart attacks, strokes, or deaths from heart disease by 30 percent. Plus, participants were better at sticking to the Mediterranean diets than to the low-fat one.
Source: The New England Journal of Medicine, published online Feb. 25, 2013