Mediterranean diet linked to a healthier heart
A Mediterranean diet includes a high proportion of fruit, vegetables, fish, and unrefined foods, medicalnewstoday.com reports. A Western diet contains refined grains, sweets, desserts, sugared drinks, and deep-fried food.
The new research shows that the Mediterranean diet can decrease the risk of heart attack and stroke in people who already have heart disease.
At the same time, it suggests that if people avoid the unhealthy aspects of a Western diet, they also avoid worsening their risk of cardiac problems.
Guidelines from the American Heart Association (AHA) recommend frequent consumption of fruit, vegetables, fish, and other whole foods, say the authors of the current report.
Researchers - led by Prof. Ralph Stewart from Auckland City Hospital at the University of Auckland in New Zealand - looked at data for 15,482 people with stable coronary artery disease in 39 countries worldwide.