IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR DISH SUBSCRIBERS ā€“ SERVICE INTERRUPTION ā€“ CLICK HERE
Watch KFOR Live Interactive Radar

Mediterranean diet key to preventing heart disease

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.
fish

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.