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So how can we prevent heart disease with diet? Well, I think that’s a great question. You know, we’ve heard a lot about this in the media over the last several years. There have been a lot of fad diets with no fat or high fat or no cholesterol or high cholesterol diets. I think the basics here really apply. Those would be to make healthy choices when you eat. To reduce the intake of high fat and cholesterol foods, high processed foods or unnatural foods. I call this the grandma test. If your grandma wouldn’t recognize what you’re eating as food, you probably shouldn’t be eating it.
If we talk more specifically about what choices you can make, I think the Mediterranean diet offers us a great place to start. And there have been several major trials about this. If we look at the PrediMed study out of Spain or we look at the Lyon heart study out of France, we see that the Mediterranean diet really does provide us with a great place to start in where to make our healthy choices. The diet really consists of fresh fruits and vegetables, white meat and fish, a little bit of alcohol with your meal, and taking time to eat. I also like to use a simple rule I call the three Fs. That would be no fried food, no fatty food, no fast food. I think this is an area where a lot of us go wrong. If we add to that drinking our calories, such as sodas and ice teas and fruit juices, I think we can really go a long way to improving heart disease through diet.