Mediterranean diet significantly lowers heart attack risk, study finds

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Melissa Breyer covers the new study on the Mediterranean diet on Mother Nature Network

Nuts, a lot of olive oil, and plenty of wine — these don’t sound like the austere components we usually associate with a healthy diet. But a new study released Feb. 25 by the New England Journal of Medicine has found that these ostensible indulgences contribute to slashing the risk of heart disease.

According to the study, about 30 percent of heart attacks, strokes and deaths from heart disease – the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States – can be prevented in people at high risk if they switch to a Mediterranean diet. A Mediterranean diet is rich in the aforementioned nuts, olive oil, and wine, along with fresh fruits and vegetables, legumes, and fish; commercially made cookies, cakes and pastries should be avoided, and dairy products and processed meats should be limited.

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NBC’s Dr. Nancy Snyderman reports on the findings in the video below:

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Mediterranean diet significantly lowers heart attack risk, study finds
Those following a Mediterranean diet were 30 percent less likely to have heart attacks and strokes. The results were so clear, scientists ended the study early.

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