Mediterranean diet can help improve heart health

Johns Hopkins researchers including one of Indian-origin have provided further evidence that a Mediterranean-style diet is good for your heart.

The observed diet replaces white bread and pasta carbohydrates with unsaturated fat from avocados, olive oil and nuts – foods typical of the `Mediterranean diet.`

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The researchers said swapping out certain foods could improve heart health in those at risk for cardiovascular disease, even if the dietary changes aren`t coupled with weight loss.

`The introduction of the right kind of fat into a healthy diet is another tool to reduce the risk of future heart disease,` said Meghana Gadgil, M.D., M.P.H, a postdoctoral fellow in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

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Gadgil and her colleagues analysed data from the OmniHeart Trial, which studied the cardiovascular effects of three different balanced diets on 164 people with mild hypertension but no diabetes.

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