A Heart-Healthy Diet: Recent Insights and Practical Recommendations

Monica Dinu, Giuditta Pagliai, Francesco Sofi

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Purpose of Review: The purpose of this study is to review the current evidence on the relationship between diet and heart, giving practical recommendations for cardiovascular prevention. Recent Findings: A heart-healthy diet should maximize the consumption of whole grains, vegetables, fruit, and legumes and discourage the consumption of meat and meat products as well as refined and processed foods. Plant-based diets fully meet these criteria, and the evidence supporting the protective effect of these dietary patterns evolved rapidly in recent years. Among plant-based diets, the Mediterranean and vegetarian diets gained the greater interest, having been associated with numerous health benefits such as reduced levels of traditional and novel risk factors and lower risk of cardiovascular disease. These positive effects may be explained by their high content of dietary fiber, complex carbohydrate, vitamins, minerals, polyunsaturated fatty acids, and phytochemicals. Summary: Current evidence suggests that both Mediterranean and vegetarian diets are consistently beneficial with respect to cardiovascular disease.

Original languageEnglish
Article number95
JournalCurrent Cardiology Reports
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2017


  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Diet
  • Heart
  • Mediterranean diet
  • Vegetarian diet

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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