nuts and olive oilAlready this month we have seen new research that demonstrates how increasing our daily portion of pulses can lower LDL (‘bad’) cholesterol.

This is confirmed by a new clinical trial that says you can protect your heart by eating a diet high in fruit, vegetables, fish, nuts, whole grains and ‘healthy fats’ such as those in olive oil, and by reducing your intake of red meat and dairy products.

This is the prescription for a healthy heart, according to the New England Journal of Medicine. It found that changing the balance of your diet can lessen the risk even before heart-related illness strikes, while previous studies have compared the effects of the diet on people after they have suffered a heart attack or stroke.

In fact, this approach to eating was so beneficial for the people in the study that it was halted early as it would have been unethical not to recommend the diet to all those taking part!