Vegetables and nuts come out top for heart health

  • International

13th April 2009, Archives of Internal Medicine

A. Mente, L. de Koning, H.S. Shannon, S.S. Anand

According to findings published in this week’s Archives of Internal Medicine, modest relationships were found supporting omega-3 fatty acids, folate, whole grains, alcohol, fruits, fibre and dietary vitamins E and C and beta carotene, for reductions in the risk of heart disease.

On the other hand, trans-fatty acids and foods with a high glycemic index (GI) were associated with detrimental effects on heart health, wrote the researchers, led by Andrew Mente, from the Population Health Research Institute.

Mente and his co-workers conducted a systematic review of 146 prospective cohort studies and 43 randomised controlled trials published between 1950 and 2007. The data was pooled and a predefined algorithm applied.

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