The best diet for healthy hearts

Healthy fats from olive oil and nuts, in unrestricted Mediterranean-type diets reduced chances for heart trouble better than low-fat diets.

Results were so clear that doctors stopped this study of 7,447 men and women after 4.8 years. Participants did not start the study with cardiovascular disease, but had personal health or family factors raising chances.

Compared to low-fat dieters, the olive oil-nut group was 28 to 30 percent less likely to have a heart attack, stroke, or fatal heart event. Doctors advise reducing red and processed meat, soda, whole-fat dairy, commercial baked goods and sweets, and increasing white meat, fish, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and legumes.

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