Mediterranean diet lowers heart risk

The secret to heart health could be held in the Mediterranean.

A new study shows that eating a Mediterranean diet full of nuts, olive oil and even seven glasses of wine per week lowered the heart risk for patients over just a strict low fat diet.

The results even took doctors by surprise.

"What surprised me the most, for years we have recommended a low fat diet for people. A diet that selects the proper fats rather than going for no fats can actually do heart more good," said Doctor Richard Besser, ABC News Chief Health and Medical Editor.

Patients did not lose any weight, but many doctors believe the Mediterranean diet mixed with some moderate exercise could create the perfect recipe for a healthy heart.


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