Heart health: Focus on healthful foods rather than diet type

Recent research shows that the type of diet a person follows is not as important as simply making sure it includes healthful foods. 🥑🍎🥗🍅🥕

Researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) compared the effects of three diets on heart disease risks. Each of the diets followed the DASH pattern while focusing on one main macronutrient: carbohydrates, proteins, or unsaturated fats.

In comparison with the baseline, all three diets had positive and prompt effects on heart health: all lowered the markers of inflammation and cardiac injury. Changing the composition of the macronutrients did not make a difference, suggesting that it does not matter whether the diet is high or low in healthful fats or carbs— the most important factor is the general healthfulness of the diet.

The findings have been published in the International Journal of Cardiology.

New research looks at proportions of macronutrients, such as carbs, protein, or fats, in three different diets and their effects on cardiovascular health.

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