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Further proof the sun-soaked diet can ward off heart disease

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  • Writer: Genevra Pittman
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A Mediterranean diet high in olive oil, nuts and fish as well as fresh fruits and vegetables can help prevent heart disease and strokes, according to a large study from Spain. 

Past research suggested people who follow this diet have healthier hearts, but those studies couldn't rule out whether other health or lifestyle differences had made the difference.

But for the new trial, which recently appeared in The New England Journal Of Medicine, researchers randomly assigned study volunteers at risk of heart disease to a Mediterranean or standard low-fat diet for five years, allowing the team to single out the effect of diet in particular.

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