Which dietary patterns are beneficial in the prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD)?

Updated: May 25, 2018
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The committee recommends three diets that have more than 30% fat but a limited number of calories available as added sugar: a healthy diet based on US foods, the Mediterranean diet, and a vegetarian diet. Several studies have shown that the Mediterranean diet—which emphasizes protein; whole grains; and foods high in healthy fats such as olive oil, avocados, and nuts—lowers the risk of heart disease.


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