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Men’s Journal Seeks UVM Expertise on Mediterranean Diet

Rachel Johnson, professor of nutrition and spokeswoman for the American Heart Association, puts a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine into context for Men’s Journal magazine: "Lots of research on the Mediterranean diet has looked at heart disease patterns within populations, but this is the first large-scale trial to actually demonstrate cause and effect – and use death as an endpoint." The study followed 7,447 adults at high-risk for heart attack on various diets over four years and found the Mediterranean diet reduced the “risk of heart attack, stroke, and cardiovascular disease-related death by a staggering 30 percent.” Read the article...