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Best Diets for Heart Health

Unfortunately when we start a diet, most of us read a lot into how much weight it is going to help us lose but forget to think about the potential benefits/detriments it could have on our hearts.

A new study published has revealed the heart health of popular diet plans. The highest possible score is 70 and diets that emphasize a variety of fruits and vegetables scored better than those with a heavy protein focus.

Here are the results:

  • Ornish, 64.6
  • Weight Watchers high-carbohydrate, 57.4
  • New Glucose Revolution, 57.2
  • South Beach Phase 2, 50.7
  • Zone, 49.8
  • MyPyramid, 48.7
  • Weight Watchers high protein, 47.3
  • Atkins 100-g carbohydrate, 46
  • South Beach Phase 3, 45.6
  • Atkins 45-g carbohydrate, 42.3

Is anyone else shocked that the USDA's My Pyramid plan is not even in the top three? Nonetheless, anyone with a personal or family history of heart disease should definitely consider the results of this study as a guide when choosing a diet plan.

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My grandpa was supposed to follow the Ornish diet after he had a heart attack that required quintuple bypass surgery. Unfortunately, he didn't like it and went back to his old eating habits (he actually passed away a few years ago after having his 4th major heart attack). My dad and I both follow the WW diet plan and we eat a lot of high fiber, non processed carbs and we avoid trans fats (we both have genetically high cholesterol from my grandpa). So far, it seems to work ok...I keep my cholesterol levels pretty low.
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