The Nutrition source notes that for years research into connections between diet and heart disease focused on individual nutrients like cholesterol, types of fats, and specific vitamins and minerals.
It says: “This work has been revealing, but it has also generated some dead ends, along with myths and confusion about what constitutes a heart-healthy diet.”
According to the health site “the best diet for preventing heart disease is one that is full of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, fish, poultry, and vegetable oils”.
This diet should also include alcohol in moderation, if at all, “and goes easy on red and processed meats, refined carbohydrates, foods and beverages with added sugar, sodium, and foods with trans fat”.
Currently, the BHF says healthcare costs relating to heart and circulatory diseases are estimated at £9billion each year.