VIDEO: The Best Eating Plan for Heart Health

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Filed Under: Food and Nutrition
Last Reviewed 02/16/2014

Eating a non-inflammatory diet is the best way to ensure your heart's health. Dr. Sinatra loves the Pan-Asian, Mediterranean diet, loaded with fresh fruits, low-glycemic vegetables like broccoli and chick peas, and migratory fish. Learn more about his heart healthy eating plan...

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I like a non-inflammatory diet. Now, what is that? Well, my solution is the Pan-Asian Mediterranean diet.

Remember, Michel De Lorgeril talked about the Mediterranean diet. He was one of the authors. And this diet is kind of interesting. It's a lot of fruits and vegetables with polyphenols and carotenoids. You know, it has great low glycemic veggies in it, like broccoli and chickpeas, and there's avocado and nuts and there's some fish.

And, you know, the Mediterranean peoples, they don't eat chunks of meat, like so many Americans do, but they flavor their sauces with meats. They also drink a little red wine and they use olive oil.

So, basically the Mediterranean diet really works. And what it showed, despite the fact that it's much higher in fat than what the American Heart Association recommends, it's a diet that results in less cardiovascular events. It was recently portrayed again in the New England Journal of Medicine only a couple of months ago.

Now, I also like the Pan-Asian diet. You know, the island of Okinawa, south of Japan, has one of the highest longevity rates in the world. And what do they eat? Well, a lot of wild fish, a lot of wild seaweed.

Seaweed is considered to be one of my top 12 healing foods. Why? First of all, it contains all 56 vitamins and minerals. You're going to get a lot with seaweed plus it contains alginates, which helps to detox the body.

So, the combination of the Mediterranean diet and the Pan-Asian diet, I feel, is the best diet. If you want to chase that diet down with a little bit of red wine, you know, a glass a day or a glass every other day or two glasses every other day, that's okay. Even in the last study in the New England Journal, those participants were drinking a glass a day and, again, they had an improvement in heart health.

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