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Taking a close look at the "Mediterranean Diet"

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A new study published in the New England Journal of medicine shows that eating a "Mediterranean Diet," reduces the risk of heart attack, stroke and other heart-related deaths by 30 percent. The study followed nearly 75-hundred people in Spain who were all considered "high risk" for cardiovascular problems. Half were told to eat a "low-fat diet" and the other half followed a Mediterranean Diet rich in nuts, "extra virgin olive oil", fruits and vegetables.

While many nutritionists and dieticians have long supported this type of eating for heart-health, they say portion control and exercise are still key parts to living a healthy lifestyle. Mostly because they say many of these items in the diet can be fattening, if portion control isn't used.

The American Heart Association agrees that this diet does contain many foods that are very heart-healthy. The AHA recommends to watch out for pre-made seasoning mixes in a package. They say prepared seasonings can have high salt content and increase your risk for high blood pressure. They suggest replacing salt with fresh herbs and spices or salt-free seasoning mixes. They also suggest using lemon juice, citrus zest, or hot chilies to add flavor.

They also recommend using frozen vegetables instead of canned. They say canned veggies can often have a lot of sodium.

Join the KSFY Morning News live at the Avera Heart Hospital to learn more about the findings of this new study.

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