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The Irresistible Diet That Can Save Your Heart

The Irresistible Diet That Can Save Your Heart

Imagine being able to eat the world’s tastiest food, and getting rewarded with a happy heart for it? Rejoice! A daily diet that allows you to enjoy more olive oil, nuts, cheese, fruit, and wine has now been conclusively proven to lavish you with heart health benefits, cutting your risk of heart attacks and strokes significantly. The diet has a familiar name: Mediterranean.

But wait, there is more here to savor!

Take a look at this extensive study done in Spain. Coordinated by researcher Ramon Estruch, the study shows that adding a little more oil and more nuts to your Mediterranean platter could cut your risk of heart attacks by up to 30 percent. The comprehensive results of this valuable study were published in the New England Journal of Medicine early this year.

Interestingly, the five-year study shows that people who follow a “standard low-fat diet” reaped much fewer heart-healthy benefits than those who were allowed one liter of extra virgin oil per week and 30 grams of tree nuts (walnuts, hazelnuts and almonds) per week.

What makes this study even more significant is the profile of the subjects chosen: the age group was between 55 and 80, and most of these 7400 people were at high risk of heart disease — with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity or diabetes.

There are powerful reasons why the Mediterranean diet, supplemented with extra olive oil and nuts, works in favor of the heart. Both of these foods have monounsaturated fat, which is good for arterial health.  Extra virgin olive oil comes with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Walnuts contain omega-3 fatty acids, which are shown to benefit the heart.  The diet is low on meat consumption, which reduces the risk of heart disease and cancer.

So, if you are nuts about olive oil, bon appetit.

Try these delicious and heart-healthy recipes:
Mediterranean Eggplant Delight
Mediterranean Pizza
10 Ways to Make Your Meals More Mediterranean

 

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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).

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12:30PM PST on Feb 22, 2014

..and oh... how I love this kind of food!

3:30PM PDT on Oct 18, 2013

Thank you. I am habitual consumer of olive oil, walnuts, Brazil nuts but not overly.

6:46AM PDT on Oct 15, 2013

Thanks, Pia M., for your link to the study.

6:36AM PDT on Oct 15, 2013

Thanks

4:16PM PDT on Oct 13, 2013

Perhaps that is how I avoided some of the incidences which should have killed me.

3:07AM PDT on Oct 12, 2013

Thank you :)

10:38AM PDT on Oct 11, 2013

Good info thanks.

6:30PM PDT on Oct 10, 2013

ty

5:00PM PDT on Oct 10, 2013

thanks

4:04PM PDT on Oct 10, 2013

Wow, this is news and very significant. Many things I've read says that you shouldn't eat nuts or use oils to improve and reverse your heart disease. I don't have heart disease but I do not overdo the oil, but I have my nuts everyday.

Here's from the article that Shubhra linked to: "The authors state that the study has been controversial as it provides new data to reject the idea that it is necessary to reduce fats in order to improve cardiovascular health."

Good Post. Gotta love those good fats, like nuts and avacado. Thank you!

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