What's the best diet for a healthy heart?
There are so many different diets that are publicised and most of them are publicised for weight loss. And there’s no doubt that in someone who’s obese, weight loss reduces their risk of heart diseases, like heart failure and atrial fibrillation. The problem is that some of those diets have potentially unhealthy side effects.
That’s why the Heart Foundation of Australia or the American Heart Association, for example, recommends being balanced, nothing that’s all protein or all carbohydrate or all one particular kind of fat. The best kind of diet is probably a Mediterranean-style diet where there are high fruit and vegetables, high olive oil, lots of fish, a little bit of red meat, so you’re allowed a bit of everything, but all in moderation.
Professor David Celermajer is Scandrett Professor of Cardiology and Head of Cardiology at the University of Sydney.
The Heart Foundation says,
Instead, we’re encouraging people to make small changes for a healthier lifestyle and think nutritious and delicious by filling up on plenty of colourful fruit, vegetables and wholegrains, a variety of healthy proteins and fats, with smaller amounts of animal-based foods.
You can read more in their article here.
Last Reviewed: 30/09/2020
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