Study finds major heart health benefits to Mediterranean diet
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According to a recent study out of Spain, a Mediterranean diet is one’s best bet when it comes to reducing the risk for heart disease.
Researchers found that subjects who ate primarily fish, nuts, vegetables and olive oil were 30 percent less likely to develop cardiovascular disease than subjects who focused on a low-fat diet.
"The diet is significantly different than it is in the rest of Europe and in America," cardiologist George Rogers said. "Some people would even argue it’s more than the diet. It’s also the lifestyle, taking longer to eat meals, having a glass of wine.”
Rogers says it’s also important to exercise and to avoiding refined carbohydrates—like sugar—and red meat.