Go Mediterranean with Your Diet

What diets can help your heart

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So, you are considering going on a new diet but you are overwhelmed by the number from which to choose. New diets are always being introduced in the market. This year for the first time, U.S.News and World Report enlisted the help of 22 experts to rank diets and come up with a listing of the best diets in various health categories. Heart health was one of the seven data points used in ranking the top 20 diets. It turns out that the Mediterranean diet came out on top as one of the best overall diets and one of the top five for heart health. This finding is strongly supported by the healthcare experts at Cleveland Clinic.

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Melissa Ohlson, RD, Nutrition Projects Coordinator for the Preventive Cardiology and Rehabilitation Program, states, “It is a positive move forward to see that “fad” diets are not on the top of the list, and that eating plans emphasizing fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and a minimum of processed foods take center stage. The Mediterranean diet calls for more fish and less red meat, and in fact does not require a major lifestyle change from the American diet (for most). It simply calls for a bit of motivation to be healthy, minimal culinary know-how, and some basic grocery shopping and menu planning skills.”

Over time, we have seen that the Mediterranean diet is associated with a decreased risk for heart disease and a reduction in blood pressure and “bad” LDL cholesterol. The analysis by the experts gives further detail on how the Mediterranean diet works and why. To see the rankings and to read more about the diet, see http://health.usnews.com/best-diet or (for the specific heart ranking), see http://health.usnews.com/best-diet/best-heart-healthy-diets.

It turns out we don’t need to keep searching for the best diet. The Mediterranean diet has stood the test of time, and Cleveland Clinic supports this diet program to keep you and your heart healthy.

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You can learn more about eating a healthy diet in the Cleveland Clinic Healthy Heart Lifestyle Guide and Cookbook.

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