Mediterranean diet shown to reduce heart, stroke deaths in high-risk patients

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Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 12:00 am

About 30 percent of heart attacks, strokes and heart disease deaths can be prevented in people with high risk factors if they switch to a Mediterranean diet rich in olive oil, nuts, beans, fish, fruits, vegetables and even wine with meals, according to a large and rigorous new study.

The findings, published Monday in the New England Journal of Medicine, were based on the first major clinical trial to measure the heart effects of the diet, whose fans have long promoted it as healthy.

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