ACCEL Lite: CardioNutrition - A Mediterranean Dietary Pattern

This week we bring you a sample of the CardioNutrition program airing on ACC's CardiaCast podcast. Enjoy!

The recent prevention guideline from the American College of Cardiology recommends that all adults should consume a healthy diet that emphasizes the intake of vegetables, fruits, nuts, whole grains, lean vegetable or animal protein, and fish and minimizes the intake of trans fats, processed meats, refined carbohydrates, and sweetened beverages. Counseling and caloric restriction are recommended for achieving and maintaining weight loss in the overweight or obese. In this episode, Erin D. Michos, MD, MHS, FACC, FAHA, FASE, FASPC and Robert J. Ostfeld, MD, MSc, FACC discuss a Mediterranean Dietary Pattern.

Key Takeaways:

  • A Mediterranean dietary pattern includes vegetable, fruits, legumes, whole grains, fish, lean animal proteins and limits highly processed foods.
  • Compared to a more typical Western dietary pattern, a Mediterranean dietary pattern is associated with improved cardiovascular outcomes

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  1. Arnett DK, Blumenthal RS, Albert MA, et al. 2019 ACC/AHA Guideline on the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease: A Report of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Task Force on Clinical Practice Guidelines. J Am Coll Cardiol 2019; 74 (10):e177–e232.
  2. Fischer NM, Pallazola VA, Xun H, Cainzos-Achirica M, Michos ED. The Evolution of the Heart-healthy Diet for Vascular Health: A Walk Through Time. Vascular Medicine 2020; 25 (2): 184-193.
  3. Ferraro RA, Fischer NM, Xun H, Michos ED. Nutrition and Physical Activity Recommendations From the United States and European Cardiovascular Guidelines: A Comparative Review. Curr Opin Cardiol 2020; 35(5):508-516.

Clinical Topics: Cardiovascular Care Team, Diabetes and Cardiometabolic Disease, Prevention, Diet

Keywords: ACCELLite, Diet, Healthy, Diet Therapy, Diet, Mediterranean, Nutrition Therapy, Caloric Restriction, Weight Loss, Diet, Western, Overweight, Obesity, Fast Foods, Counseling, Cardiology

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