Med diet cuts risk of heart damage by 16pc
People who eat as if they live in the sunny south of France or Greece can significantly reduce their risk of heart attack and stroke, research has shown.
The first study of its kind confirms the known benefits of a Mediterranean diet for people living in Ireland and Britain.
Scientists found that healthy people who adopted Mediterranean-type eating habits were up to 16pc less likely to suffer damage to their hearts or arteries than those who did not.
The findings indicate that 12.5pc of cardiovascular deaths in Britain could be avoided if more Britons switched to a Mediterranean diet.
Traditionally people from Mediterranean countries consume large amounts of fruit, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and olive oil, little red meat, and only moderate quantities of dairy products, fish, poultry and wine.