Eating a Mediterranean diet rich in healthy fats from olive oil and nuts provides better protection against heart attack and stroke than a low-fat diet, a new Spanish trial has shown.
This is great news for South Africans. According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of South Africa, 225 South Africans are killed by heart disease every day.
“Extensive research has found a significant benefit of eating a Mediterranean diet, and separate research has shown a significant benefit to the consumption of nuts, particularly walnuts, which was the majority of the nuts in this study,” said Dr Rachel Bond. She is associate director of Women’s Heart Health at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.
“This study combines those two factors and shows that, in combination, this dietary modification has a significant benefit to cardiovascular health,” Bond continued. “These new results provide further evidence for physicians to educate their patients about how beneficial dietary modification can be in terms of their heart health.”
The new report was published online in the New England Journal of Medicine.