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Study Finds Mediterranean Diet Is Heart Friendly

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - A new study shows eating the Mediterranean way is healthier for the heart than a low fat diet.

The study found that people who eat a Mediterranean diet have a 30 percent lower risk of cardiovascular disease than those who follow a low-fat diet. So what is a Mediterranean diet?

“Fresh fruits, vegetables, olive oil, seeds, whole grains form kind of a basis of the diet,” Joy Bloor, a registered dietician at St. Louis University Hospital, said. “Also, small portions of fish, nuts and poultry, small portions of red meat, wine in moderation and dairy in moderation.”

Bloor says the beauty of the Mediterranean diet is that it is based on a little bit of everything, with no food group left out.

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