Optimal diets for prevention of coronary heart disease.

High intakes of fruits, nuts, vegetables, whole grains, unsaturated fats, and omega-3-fatty acids are associated with decreased coronary heart disease risk.

This study investigated the correlation between diets and coronary heart disease (CHD) prevention in Western populations. Researchers examined data and evidence from several published studies and reviews on the subject. They discovered that diets rich in nonhydrogenated unsaturated fats, omega-3 fatty acids, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and whole grains were very effective in preventing coronary heart disease. The results of this study show that high consumption of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, unsaturated fats, and omega-3 fatty acids as well as embracing healthy behaviors, such as exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy body weight, and avoiding smoking of tobacco, may lower an individual’s risk of developing coronary heart disease in Western populations.

Research Summary Information

  • 2002
  • Hu FB, Willett WC.
  • Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health, 665 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115, USA. frank.hu@channing.harvard.edu
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