Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Eating Fruits and Nuts Reduce The Risk Of Heart Attacks

Largest study to date into the 'Mediterranean Diet' shows that a diet high in fruits, nuts, veg, fish and olive oil can reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes. 

One of our favourite things to eat with fruit is nuts. Together this pairing makes a great healthy snack, striking the perfect balance between sweet and savoury, soft and crunchy  Now it turns out that a diet rich in these two things has the ability to reduce your risk of heart attacks.

The mysterious 'Mediterranean Diet' has been alluded to for years, however a recent study has shown that there is some scientific weight behind the theory.

The ideal Mediterranean diet does not restrict on calories however does suggest a balanced diets of the following things. It should be rich in fruit, nuts, vegetables, beans, and grains. There should also be a medium intake of poultry and fish and a low intake of dairy, red meats and sugar. It also allows for the occasional drinking of red wine with meals.

This study, the largest to date into the Mediterranean diet, was carried out using 7,447 people in Spain who were considered to be at risk of heart disease however didn't actually have any existing heart issues. They were split into 2 groups, one group following a Mediterranean style diet and the other following a low fat diet.

After almost 5 years of testing, the results showed that those following the Mediterranean diet were 30 percent less likely to suffer a heart attack than those on the low calorie eating plan.

This study is the most extensive so far into the positive effects of adopting a Mediterranean diet. There are small changes we can make to our daily eating habits to get closer to this reaping the benefits of this lifestyle. For example, choosing fruits, veg and nuts over other unhealthy snacks during the our working day. Having regular office fruit deliveries is one way to ensure that healthy snacks are always within reach of you and your colleagues.

A full report on this study can be read on the New England Journal of Medicine 

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