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Posted August 4, 2014

Healthy Diet Guidelines 
Here is a link to a recent review by Dalen and Devries in the American Journal of Medicine entitled "Diets to Prevent Coronary Heart Disease 1957-2013: What Have We Learned"; which focuses on the scientific evidence behind specific diet advice for cardiac patients.

They review the results of some well conducted scientific trials on the effects of diet on cardiovascular morbidity and mortality and confirm that the Mediterranean style diet is particularly cardio-protective. They indicate "Mediterranean-style diets are effective in preventing coronary heart disease even though they do not decrease total serum cholesterol or low-density lipoprotein cholesterol." As they conclude, this form of diet is more effective than the standard low-fat, low cholesterol diet which has been taught for decades and which has a modest if any effect on lowering cardiac risk.

They include a table of food groups shown to decrease risk of coronary heart disease in prospective studies with references and the food groups are:

  •  Nuts
  •  Fruits
  •  Vegetables
  •  Green leafy vegetables
  •  Legumes (beans)
  •  Whole grain
  •  Fish 
  •  Moderate alcohol
  •  Fiber
  •  Poultry
  •  Olive Oil

I would endorse including these items as the bulk of your daily food intake. You are what you eat.