Study Finds Mediterranean Diet Reduces Heart Disease Risk

By , February 5th, 2014 | Health | 0 Comments

A new study conducted by researchers from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) finds Mediterranean-style diet is linked to lower risk of heart disease.

The study was published online on Tuesday, February 4, in PLOS ONE and says those firefighters who adhered closely to a Mediterranean diet had a healthful leg up for climbing ladders. It writes further, such young, working US adults also had less risk factors for heart disease compared to those who didn’t followed similar diet.

Mediterranean diet include food items like fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, whole-grain breads, olives, olive oil and cereals, which are healthy monounsaturated fat.

The Mediterranean-style diet also counts on eating fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as sardines, trout, tuna and salmon, and also having wine and poultry with meals in moderate amount.

The diet does not allow too much consumption of sweets, processed meat and also red meats. As a result it leads to lower risk of deaths from high blood pressure, obesity and type 2 diabetes apart from other types of heart diseases.

Stefanos Kales, one of the authors of the study, says an individual is on the wrong track if consumes a burger, soda and fries. He adds it is better to eat chicken or grilled fish with salad instead of fries and burger.

Kales is also an associate professor at the Harvard School of Public Health and Cambridge Health Alliance and he suggests everyone to eat delicious food in a different way and enjoy the food.

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