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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