Mediterranean diet key to preventing heart disease

Posted on: 1:03 pm, February 25, 2013, by

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Experts say a new study proves that a Mediterranean diet can help prevent heart disease.

Researchers at the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona tracked 7,000 adults who were at risk for heart attacks or strokes.

Participants who stuck to a Mediterranean diet, along with extra-virgin olive oil or mixed nuts, were 30 percent less likely to develop heart disease.

That was compared to those who consumed a traditional low fat diet.

Officials say it was even more effective than many medications, like Statins, which may also raise the risk of diabetes.

A Mediterranean diet is rich in fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, nuts, olive oil and wine.

It also steers clear of red meats and processed foods.