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Even when in Rome, eat a Mediterranean heart disease risk



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By Rachel Bluth, Kaiser Health News

Once again, your mother was right. You really need to eat your vegetables. And while you're at it, putting the olive oil up and taking it back, the contention that switching to a Mediterranean diet could significantly lower the risk of heart disease.

Published in JAMA Network Open, people who followed this type of diet had a 25 percent lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease over the course of 1

2 years.

The diet's components make sense to anyone who follows nutrition news. Avoid red meat in favor of "good" fats like fish and poultry. Swap out salt for herbs and spices. Ditch butter and margarine and opt for olive oil instead. Most important, eat a lot of fruits and vegetables. Nuts are good, so are whole grains. And, every once in a while, have a glass of red wine.


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