Many diets would claim that they are heart-healthy, but a new review shows that only a few could really prove such statement.
A team of researchers evaluated for more than 50 years on different diets and its connection with heart disease. They have discovered that diets that are rich in vegetables, nuts, fruits, and fish-as well as such diets that follow a Mediterranean pattern-have high likelihood of lowering the risk of heart disease.
In contrast, indulging oneself in a Western-style diet with foods high in trans-fatty acids and high glycemic index may even increase your risk of heart disease. Foods that are high with trans-fatty acids include processed baked goods as well as fried foods. Meanwhile, foods with high glycemic index include simple or refined carbohydrates like white bread, pasta, and rice. Such foods can cause blood sugar levels to spike.
And despite their numerous claims, foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids like fish, whole grains, and alcohol among others were shown to have moderate evidence to support its claim of lowering the risk of heart disease. However, researchers state that more studies are needed to conclusively prove the relationship between these dietary factors and the risk of heart disease.