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Single most ‘important’ dietary tip to reduce risk of heart disease – doctor issues advice

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Coronary heart disease is a major cause of death in the UK and worldwide, claiming millions of lives each year. The term describes what happens when your heart’s blood supply is blocked or interrupted by a build-up of fatty substances in the coronary arteries. Fortunately, “80 percent of heart disease is because of environment and lifestyle”, according to consultant cardiologist Doctor Aseem Malhotra. 

A Mediterranean-sryle diet encourages the consumption of unprocessed foods such as fruits, fish, legumes, nuts, poultry, vegetables, and whole grains.

You can make your diet more Mediterranean-style by:

  • Eating plenty of starchy foods, such as bread and pasta
  • Eating plenty of fruit and vegetables
  • Including fish in your diet
  • Eating less meat
  • Choosing products made from vegetable and plant oils, such as olive oil.

Doctor Malhotra’s recommendation is supported by extensive evidence.

The Mediterranean diet has been linked with good health, including a healthier heart.

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