Mediterranean Diet Associated with Better Cardiovascular Health

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  • Mediterranean diet associated with better cardiovascular health: According to a new study recently published in the European Heart Journal, the Mediterranean dietary pattern has been associated with reduced cardiovascular (CV) and total mortality in large epidemiological studies. The main purpose of this study was to determine whether dietary pattern assessed by a simple self-administered food frequency questionnaire is associated with major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) in high-risk patients with stable coronary artery disease. The study authors concluded that greater consumption of healthy foods may be more important for secondary prevention of coronary artery disease than avoidance of less healthy foods typical of Western diets. The traditional Mediterranean diet includes high proportion of healthy foods, including fish, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, fruit, moderate alcohol, and small amounts of meat. Clinical practice guidelines from the European Society of Cardiology and the American Heart Association recommend frequent consumption of fruit, vegetables, fish, and other whole foods while restricting sodium, sugar, saturated fats, and refined carbohydrates, which are often included in processed foods, and are more typical of a Western dietary pattern.
  • Honest Company sued again, now over organic infant formula: Organic Consumers Association filed a lawsuit recently stating that organic infant formula by the Honest company violates the Organic Food Production Act of 1990 and the California Organic Products Act of 2003. As Katherine Paul, associate director of the Organic Consumers Association, explained: “The Honest Co. is falsely representing its Premium Infant Formula as ‘organic’ even though this product contains 11 synthetic substances prohibited under federal law in organic products. This is unacceptable.” This case is the latest lawsuits against Honest, the previous ones were over its sunscreen and laundry detergent.

     

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