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PURE Healthy Diet Sees Advantage by Promoting Whole-Fat Dairy for Heart Health

By counting whole-fat dairy as a protective food, the new PURE Healthy Diet score strengthened the relationship between healthy eating and heart disease in a large study.

For individuals with and without cardiovascular disease (CVD), higher intake of protective foods (i.e., PURE diet score ≥5 points out of 6) compared with lower intake (diet score ≤1 point) was associated with lower risks in the PURE cohort spanning five continents with a median follow-up of 9.3 years, reported Andrew Mente, PhD, of the Population Health Research Institute at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, and colleagues:

  • All-cause mortality: HR 0.70 (95% CI 0.63-0.77)
  • CVD: HR 0.82 (95% CI 0.75-0.91)
  • Myocardial infarction: HR 0.86 (95% CI 0.75-0.99)
  • Stroke: HR 0.81 (95% CI 0.71-0.93)

Unlike previous diet scores, the PURE Healthy Diet score does not penalize eating red meat. With a maximum score of 6, the PURE score simply awards one point each for

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To Lower Your Heart Disease Risk, Try Eating These 6 Foods

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Eating fish and whole fat dairy may help you stay heart healthy. Olga Peshkova/Getty Images
  • Eating more whole fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, fish, and whole-fat dairy products may help lower your heart disease risk.
  • Experts found that a healthy diet can be achieved in various ways, such as including moderate amounts of whole grains or unprocessed meats.
  • Focusing on starting small when making diet changes can help you stick with new eating habits.

A new report finds that if you don’t eating enough of six key foods you may be at a higher risk of cardiovascular disease. That’s according to a study led by McMaster University and Hamilton Health Sciences researchers at the Population Research Health Institute (PHRI).

The study was published July 6 in the European Heart Journal.

The researchers derived a diet score from the PHRI’s large-scale global Prospective Urban and Rural Epidemiological (PURE) study.

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