We all know diet has a lot to do with maintaining both a healthy weight and a healthy heart. With so many fad diets out there, especially during nutrition month in March, many of my patients come in seeking advice on which diet may be best for them.
We certainly try to match the right diet with the right patient. For instance, a diet very low in fat and cholesterol can be helpful for those at risk for heart disease or stroke, but it’s not very well-suited for individuals who want to lose weight because it may increase their intake of carbohydrates – breads, pasta, potatoes, etc.
But there’s now mounting evidence that eating a Mediterranean diet – a meal plan that focuses on fish, fruits, veggies, nuts and whole grains with a splash of healthy oils and red wine – leads to a longer life span. And I’ve found it a proven balanced diet that does have health benefits.