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Heart Healthy Diet - The Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean Diet

What is the Mediterranean diet?
People from Mediterranean countries (e.g., Greece, Southern Italy, France, Spain) have lower rates of heart disease than Americans. This led researchers to look at the differences in diet. The Mediterranean diet is not a single diet, but rather a pattern of eating that includes the following: Lots of fruits, vegetables, bread, and other cereals, beans, nuts and seedsOlive oil Dairy products, fish and poultry in low to moderate amounts, and little red meatWine in low to moderate amountsAlthough potatoes and eggs are part of the traditional Mediterranean diet, they are not usually counted as heart-healthy foods because there is no evidence that they lower your risk of heart...

Heart Healthy Diet - Low-Fat Diets

Low-Fat Diets

Are low-fat diets good or bad?

When it comes to heart disease, the amount of fat in your diet is less important than the type of fat.10 This is because the total amount of fat doesn't increase your LDL (bad) cholesterol; however, saturated fat (found in meat and dairy products) and...

Heart Healthy Diet - Fat & Cholesterol

Fat & Cholesterol

How much fat can I eat?

Although the total amount of fat in your diet doesn't increase your LDL (bad) cholesterol level, it is best not to go higher than 35% of calories from fat–even if this is mostly good fats.2 Fat has more calories per gram than protein or carbohydrates...